Year after alleged DUI death, lawsuit and charges

Dec 31, 2010 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: 301 Moved Permanently

The family of a woman killed in an alleged DUI crash last New Year's Eve is suing the Cook County sheriff's office for allegedly removing the woman's clothes and taking nude photos of her on the side of the road.

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Why

New Lenox, IL

#2 Dec 31, 2010
Why would you say that about this young woman's mother? She has gone through an unimaginable loss. I'd venture to guess if you were that young woman's parents you would be mighty ticked off too. How can you start the new year off judging someone that you don't even know? It's bad enough they lost their daughter, but now people who don't even know them are going to judge them and post nasty comments about them on the internet.
Unincorporated

Frankfort, IL

#3 Jan 1, 2011
Couldn't agree more. The loss of this young lady is a tragedy beyond words. How dare you heap scorn upon her grieving mother. You are lower than whale excrement.
Homer Ballard

Gurnee, IL

#4 Jan 1, 2011
Why wrote:
Why would you say that about this young woman's mother? She has gone through an unimaginable loss. I'd venture to guess if you were that young woman's parents you would be mighty ticked off too. How can you start the new year off judging someone that you don't even know? It's bad enough they lost their daughter, but now people who don't even know them are going to judge them and post nasty comments about them on the internet.
The mother of the girl is suing police over nude crime scene pictures. The police deny there were ever any such actions, and their version is corroborated by independent witnesses at the scene, This mother seems to have her judgement skewed by this tragedy; therefore she is goofy.

No pictures, such as those described in the suit, were ever taken. The mother is on a witch hunt or is looking for easy money. Either way she comes off as a nut case.
Justice for Jessica

Alsip, IL

#5 Jan 1, 2011
The Mom is just grieving. Only she knows when it will end. I couldn't of made it through a week. She is still in pain. You can't say what you would do until you had to walk in her shoes. She doesn't seem like a nut case to me. Only a Mother you lost her child.
CRAZY

Ironwood, MI

#6 Jan 1, 2011
The mom does seem like a true nut case... I feel repulsed by the families obvious effort to extort every penny they can get their hands on. The fact that she was only 20 years old and drunk means the parents probably didnít care or permitted their princess to drink underage. But all of a sudden they do and want satisfaction in the way of a quick buck. They may think that this press announcement will buy them a jackpot. I think not.
mumzy

Joliet, IL

#7 Jan 1, 2011
OMG !!! This pore lady lived a couple houses down from me. I know she's a very good hearted lady and smart. I feel so bad for her. I hope she gets what she wants. Money will never cover the loss of her loved one. You never get over the grieving. Christina I hope your angel is sitting next to you. I am still sad for you.
Justice

Alsip, IL

#8 Jan 1, 2011
The Mom is struggling through the 10 steps of grieving. Stuck. NS may be mostly to blame but he is not 100% to blame. Maybe she has guilt and is expressing anger at anyone or anything. This may back fire. Having a tragedy that someone can't handle , doesn't make it a nut case. Court hasn't even begun. Just because it was Filed, doesn't mean she'll win. It's up to a Judge or Jury. I hope there is Justice for all.
Unincorporated

Frankfort, IL

#9 Jan 1, 2011
She may be mixed up, but isn't she justified? I don't know what I would do if I lost a child. Even if they were twenty. Even if they were 50. If it was my kid I would be freaked out too.
ripjessica

Frankfort, IL

#10 Jan 1, 2011
Anybody commenting negatively about the Mother sounds completely stupid and cruel. She lost her baby. I think that it is entirely understandable for an individual under those circumstances to act in anyway that might seem "not normal". She wants justice for her child, whose life was ended tragically ended. I am praying for the family of Jessica.
Well

New Lenox, IL

#11 Jan 1, 2011
CRAZY wrote:
The mom does seem like a true nut case... I feel repulsed by the families obvious effort to extort every penny they can get their hands on. The fact that she was only 20 years old and drunk means the parents probably didnít care or permitted their princess to drink underage. But all of a sudden they do and want satisfaction in the way of a quick buck. They may think that this press announcement will buy them a jackpot. I think not.
Do you really think she is the only underage person ever to drink? Does everyone make mistakes when they are young? Do you know what your 20 year old is doing at all times? Keep in mind a 20 year old is technically a legal adult and doesn't have to check in with their parents. A lot of 20 year olds are out on there own by that time. You can't blame the parents because she was drunk. You can blame the drunk driver who killed her.JMO
Just trying to get paid

Joliet, IL

#12 Jan 1, 2011
It seems as if the mother is trying to profit from the death. I agree that it is horrible, and I couldnt imagine what she has gone through. But to sue the police a year later over photos taken at a crime scene? C'mon now, that sounds like someone trying to get paid. The driver is the one at fault and I hope the justice system does it's job. It is such a bizarre claim, that all of the police and fire were standing around a dead naked girl, taking pictures, and not one of them had a problem with it. That doesn't sound right. Usually those pictures are taken to help in the prosecution of the case, it is possible that the girls clothes were off prior to the accident, or that EMS had to remove them in the attempt to save her life. And now mom wants to sue those same people that put the case together against the offender? Sounds like someone wants to get paid.
Henry

Newark, IL

#13 Jan 2, 2011
Yep... Mom is over the edge. I have seen way too many mom or dads go goofy after losing a child. Most often you'll hear about a divorce as well. It's tougher on the sain parent than the goofy one, and they decide it's better to walk away. So sad, yet so true.

While this is a simply terrible "accident" that could have been avoided, I do not harbor bitterness nor burn him at the stake on the driver. We all have made terrible mistakes in our early 20's, if not for the grace of God, there go we. That kid will and has paid a price none of us will understand too. He loved that girl. Add that to your analysis... You can not change the past, let us all just make sure "our" kids learn from this....just as we do too.
four22222

Alsip, IL

#14 Jan 2, 2011
It might be painful to the Mom to imagine the Officers taking photos (clothes may have been off) but they were doing the job they were trained to do. She was a beautiful girl but not the 1st & not the last and everyone's baby' is beautiful. If she has the Faith she claims she knows, it was the body and not the soul. Hoping she didn't suffer would be better than worrying about Photos that would help the Prosecution. Young adults only get up at the wee hours of the morning for a few things. More booze, drugs, food or a booty call. It looks like she and her family most certainly could of afford a Cab.
Homer Ballard

Gurnee, IL

#15 Jan 2, 2011
Just trying to get paid wrote:
It seems as if the mother is trying to profit from the death. I agree that it is horrible, and I couldnt imagine what she has gone through. But to sue the police a year later over photos taken at a crime scene? C'mon now, that sounds like someone trying to get paid. The driver is the one at fault and I hope the justice system does it's job. It is such a bizarre claim, that all of the police and fire were standing around a dead naked girl, taking pictures, and not one of them had a problem with it. That doesn't sound right. Usually those pictures are taken to help in the prosecution of the case, it is possible that the girls clothes were off prior to the accident, or that EMS had to remove them in the attempt to save her life. And now mom wants to sue those same people that put the case together against the offender? Sounds like someone wants to get paid.
You are totally correct.
Dan

Springfield, IL

#16 Jan 2, 2011
"The mom is just grieving"

Right, and trying to take our tax dollars in the process, not to mention trying to tar the names of good officers who did nothing wrong. It's obviously terrible what happened to her daughter, but what makes it worse is that her mother is trying to make money off it, and that some of you are actually defending her!
ripjesssica

Frankfort, IL

#17 Jan 2, 2011
If I lost my child the grieving process would not end over night. It could take years! She is coping with the loss and facing reality. I can only imagine how difficult it must have been to hear what may have been done to her daughter. It may have taken her time to decide what to do about it. Everything Christina is going through is a mother's worst nightmare. I pray it's not true, but if it is I hope the family will get there closure and justice will be served for Jessica.
Just trying to get paid

Joliet, IL

#18 Jan 2, 2011
ripjesssica wrote:
If I lost my child the grieving process would not end over night. It could take years! She is coping with the loss and facing reality. I can only imagine how difficult it must have been to hear what may have been done to her daughter. It may have taken her time to decide what to do about it. Everything Christina is going through is a mother's worst nightmare. I pray it's not true, but if it is I hope the family will get there closure and justice will be served for Jessica.
No doubt that it is a tragedy, but she should be focused on getting justice from the person that is responsible for her death. Not going after the police for doing their jobs. The family is now just trying to profit, plain and simple, and I hope no judge gives this family a dime.
GhY

Flushing, NY

#19 Jan 2, 2011
She was fully clothed in the car and police officers know what they are doing.. They had to of had a reason to remove her clothes to take pictures... This happens in many death cases. Christina your not gonna get rich from this one.. Sorry.
hmm

Orland Park, IL

#20 Jan 2, 2011
sounds like christina went a little nuts with this one... trying to get money in anyway she can..sad...
Ann

Chicago, IL

#21 Jan 2, 2011
ripjesssica wrote:
If I lost my child the grieving process would not end over night. It could take years! She is coping with the loss and facing reality. I can only imagine how difficult it must have been to hear what may have been done to her daughter. It may have taken her time to decide what to do about it. Everything Christina is going through is a mother's worst nightmare. I pray it's not true, but if it is I hope the family will get there closure and justice will be served for Jessica.
The grieving process is not expected to cease overnight, but the more extreme manifestations tend to fade over a time and this took place a year ago.

The article does not say the authorities did anything to cause or hasten Jessica's death, just how her body was treated after the fact.

The parents had to convince some lawyer to file this. Law suits cost around $400 just to file.

Some expressions of grief fall outside the norm . I think this one does. If that is so, then the lawsuit is a money grab.

But where are the pictures? Is it possible they are the autopsy pictures? You are certainly naked for your autopsy and one will be performed on anyone who dies in an accident.

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