Nichole Azzarello, 20, was a passenger on a motorcycle being driven near the intersection of Border Street and Will Road in Diamond, Ill., on May 2, 2020. Amazon delivery driver Chontel Mabry, who worked for Amazon contractor Reaska Logistics Corp., ran a stop sign and turned in front of the motorcycle, causing its operator to lose control.
Azzarello sustained life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Ill.
In a lawsuit filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County on June 4, 2020, Cavanagh Law Group alleged Amazon, Mabry and Reaska Logistics “exhibited a conscious disregard or utter disrespect for the safety of others.”
“Amazon needs to be held accountable for the actions of its drivers,” Cavanagh said. “With more people staying home, the number of Amazon deliveries has skyrocketed across the U.S. When delivery drivers fail to follow the rules of the road, the results can be tragic.”
Amazon, Mabry and Reaska Logistics are being sued for negligence and for displaying a conscious disregard for Azzarello’s safety and wellbeing.
According to the lawsuit, Mabry failed to yield at a stop sign, improperly turned in front of vehicles that had the right-of-way, exited a lane of traffic when it was not safe to do so, failed to give audible warning with the Amazon delivery van’s horn, failed to stop the van to avoid a crash and failed to keep a proper lookout.
“This case highlights the importance of establishing and enforcing safety measures for delivery drivers,” Sorich said. “We all see Amazon Prime drivers on the road every day. The company needs to be cognizant of its responsibility to keep motorists and pedestrians safe.”
The Hon. Judge Christopher Edward Lawler of the Cook County Circuit Court will preside in the case of Nichole Azzarello v. Amazon.com Inc., Amazon.com LLC, Amazon.com Services LLC, Amazon Fulfillment Services, Amazon Logistics Inc., Amazon Services LLC, Chontel Mabry and Reaska Logistics Corp. Case No. 2020 L 005088.