A lawsuit has been filed by the family of a Chicago woman injured this summer during filming of a stunt for the movie Transformers 3. It’s alleged in the lawsuit that the victim is permanently brain-damaged. The suit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, says the makers of the movie were at fault and caused the injuries suffered by 24-year old Gabriela Cedillo. She has been at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood since she was injured in Hammond, Indiana, on September 1st. She suffered a severe open head trauma. Ms. Cedillo was among 80 extras and was driving her own car in the westbound lanes of a vacated part of Cline Avenue for the stunt. While she and the others were driving, stunt vehicles were being towed by flatbed trucks in the opposite lanes at 50 mph. The stunt called for two of the towed vehicles to rise in the air and then flip “by use of a pulling cable with the idea being to cause violent rolls of the cars involved.”
On the day of the accident, a cable and bracket attached to the bottom of a stunt car closest to Ms. Cedilla and the other extras snapped. The vehicle became airborne into the oncoming lanes, striking the hood of Ms. Cedillo’s vehicle. The lawsuit alleges that movie officials were negligent through faulty welding and the design of the bracket and allowed extras to be too close to the stunt. Todd A. Smith, a lawyer from Chicago, represents the family in this lawsuit.
Source: Boston Herald
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