On February 8, 2010, Cavanagh Law Group filed a Wrongful Death lawsuit against Chicago police officer Joseph Frugoli and Dugan’s on Halsted, the bar that served him alcohol. The case arises out of a horrific car crash on the Dan Ryan Expressway on April 10, 2009 that resulted in the deaths of Andrew Cazares, 23, and Fausto Manzera, 21. On that day, Cazares pulled his vehicle over on the side of I-94 near 18th Street because of a flat tire. Frugoli, a Chicago Police Detective, with a blood alcohol level of 0.277 (over 3 times the legal limit) drove his vehicle into the Cazares vehicle, killing the two young men. Frugoli has been charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI by the Cook County State’s Attorneys Office. The criminal case, which has generated significant media attention, is currently pending at the Criminal Courts Building at 26th Street and California.
Cavanagh Law Group represents Andrew Cazares father, Jose Cazares and half-sister, Jilma Shakira Cazares in the civil suit, which is pending at the Richard J. Daley Center. The case is entitled Jose Andres Cazares, Special Administrator of the Estate of Andrew Cazares v. Joseph Fruglio, et al., Court No. 2010 L 1703. The case is being heard by the Honorable James Egan in the Circuit Court of Cook County.
On Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 9:30 a.m., Tim Cavanagh and Matt Rundio, partners at Cavanagh Law Group, will appear before Judge James Egan on an Emergency Motion for a Protective Order to make sure all evidence is preserved and Cazares attorneys have immediate access to the evidence.