Trying to salvage some good from tragedy

Written By Mary Mitchell Posted: 06/08/2014, 09:06am

When a tragedy involving a child occurs, we look to place blame.

After all, kids can’t take care of themselves. 

So, it is not surprising that the mother of Cherish Myers, the 19-month old girl struck and killed by a CTA bus on Memorial Day in the 7700 block of South Shore Drive, filed a lawsuit.

La’Tasha Upshaw is accusing the bus operator of “driving carelessly,” and is seeking at least $50,000 in damages.

Obviously, this family is devastated. The bus driver must be an emotional wreck as well.

According to a resident in the block, the toddler had “run out”  in to the busy street shortly before the deadly accident, but a woman had pulled her back, the Sun-Times reported.

The second time she ran out in the street, Cherish was pinned under the bus, witnesses said.

Citations were not issued against the driver, police said.

Still, a wrongful death lawsuit is to be expected, especially since there is no shortage of ads for personal injury lawyers.

Frankly, I can’t blame Upshaw for seeking monetary damages since there were medical and funeral expenses that this family likely was not prepared to deal with. 

A spokeswoman for the CTA has said the agency will not comment on the pending litigation.

But my initial reaction to this tragedy was outrage.

After all, South Shore Drive is a busy thoroughfare. Besides, what responsible parent would let a 19-month-old baby anywhere near traffic without having a firm grip on his or her hand? 

Kids that young are fast. One moment they can be a baby-step in front of you, and the next they are flying down the street like they’re on wheels. 


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