Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over Fatal Elopement Incident

There has been an Illinois wrongful death lawsuit filed regarding a woman that wandered from the Trinity Services group home in Lockport and was killed in an accident.

The wrongful death lawsuit was filed in Will County Circuit Court, by the daughter of the woman who was killed.

The woman killed was Tina Marie Douglas.  She was killed after escaping from the Trinity home, at which point she was struck and killed by a car in the early morning hours of October 27, 2013.

According to the lawsuit, Douglas had a history of elopement (commonly called wandering.)

An excerpt from the October 21, 2014 Joliet Patch article titled “Daughter of Disabled Woman Run Over & Killed After Escaping Group Home Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit“:

Douglas suffered from a “psychotic disorder, mild mental retardation, a seizure disorder secondary to a traumatic head injury, and memory deficits,” according to the lawsuit filed in Will County court.

In October 2013, Douglas, 48, lived in a Lockport group home run by Trinity Services, the suit said.

Trinity workers “knew of Tina Marie Douglas’ history of eloping or attempting to elope from her residential site, including elopements where she was placed in jeopardy of being severely injured or killed,” the suit said.

Also, according to the lawsuit, seven weeks before the fatal accident Douglas also escaped from the facility and was nearly hit by two automobiles.

This wrongful death lawsuit alleges that Trinity Services was negligent in supervision of Douglas.  An excerpt from the October 24, 2014 Southtown Star article titled “Woman sues Trinity Services over Mom’s Death“:

The suit alleges that Trinity Services failed to properly supervise Douglas and failed to transfer her to a more secure facility after the earlier escape from the Lockport group home.

Additional details and possible updates regarding this Illinois wrongful death lawsuit can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Joliet Patch and Southtown Star article mentioned above.


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