Lawsuit filed in 2013 death of worker crushed between equipment on West Side

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The estate of a construction worker crushed to death between equipment in 2013 on the West Side filed a lawsuit Thursday.

Raul Lagunas, 47, died Sept. 15, 2013, a day after the accident in the 200 block of North Washtenaw, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

About 10:30 a.m., a man reversing a front-end loader backed into Lagunas, crushing him against another object, according to the suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court. Authorities described the other object as construction equipment.

Lagunas, of the 2500 block of North Mango, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died early the next day, the medical examiner’s office said.

The man’s estate, administered by Maria Diaz, claims the driver of the loader failed to brake in time and didn’t keep a proper lookout.

Lagunas left behind two sons and a daughter, according to the suit.

The two-count, wrongful-death suit is asking for an unspecified amount in damages.

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