10/06/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley
Chicago, IL—The family of a Chicago woman who suffered severe head trauma while doing a stunt for the upcoming “Transformers 3” movie has filed a negligence lawsuit against the makers of the action flick. The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday, October 5, 2010, in the Cook County Circuit Court, as reported by the Boston Herald.
As previously reported in “Transformers 3” Stunt Goes Wrong, Extra Suffers Serious Head Injuries” The accident occurred around 7 p.m., on Clive Avenue in Hammond, Indiana, during a stunt involving multiple vehicles. An extra in the movie, Gabriela V. Cedillo, 24, of Chicago, was injured in the accident. Cedillo was airlifted to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood with serious head injuries.
According to court filings, Cedillo was among 80 extras, who was driving her own vehicle in the westbound lanes of an empty area of Cline Avenue during a stunt. Flatbed trucks where towing stunt vehicles in the opposite lanes at 50 mph, as Cedillo’s car and the other vehicles followed along. When two of the towed vehicles began to rise as a part of the stunt, they flipped “by use of a pulling cable with the idea being to cause violent rolls of the cars involved.” A cable and bracket that was fixed to the bottom of a stunt car closest to Cedillo’s car and the other extras, suddenly detached. The towed vehicle then became “airborne into the oncoming lanes, striking Ms. Cedillo’s hood, windshield and eventually her head.”
Cedillio suffered severe open head trauma and has been recovering at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
The lawsuit alleged that Paramount Pictures were negligent through faulty welding and design of the bracket and for allowing the extras to be too close to the stunt.
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