Reports: Pace Settles Lawsuit Charging Geneva Man Died After Wheelchair Lift Broke

The husband of Geneva Township Assessor Denise LaCure suffered a broken hip and later died from a stroke. The monetary award from the settlement is kept private.

A wrongful death lawsuit claiming David LaCure died after his wheelchair broke free from a Pace bus bracket in October 2009 has been settled for an undisclosed amount of money, the Daily Herald reports.

LaCure was 61 when he died from a stroke in February 2010 following the Pace bus accident in which he broke his hip, the article said. He was a St. Charles policeman for 20 years, according to his obituary with Malone Funeral Home. He also was a part-time policeman, EMT and firefighter in Sugar Grove, worked for B&N Railroad as a policeman after 9/11, and ran his own private investigation agency. 

The lawsuit was filed by his wife, Geneva Township Assessor Denise LaCure.

In the settlement, Pace does not admit any wrongdoing.

According to the Daily Herald report, LaCure's attorneys argued that Pace did not secure the wheelchair or properly train employees. In court documents, Pace attorneys claimed LaCure refused the seatbelt and failed to follow the driver's instructions.

Pace spokesperson Patrick Wilmot told the Daily Herald that Pace does not intend to make any policy changes in the aftermath of the lawsuit settlement.


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