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Zimmerman Law Offices Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Excel Ambulance Following Fiery Fatal Crash


Zimmerman Law Offices Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Excel Ambulance Following Fiery Fatal Crash



Attorney Thomas Zimmerman of the Chicago-based Zimmerman Law

Offices today filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Excel Ambulance

Service. The suit alleges negligence on the part of the driver and the

ambulance company.

The case, Dora Williams, et al. v. Excel Ambulance Service, Inc., was filed

in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.

Prentis Williams (“Williams”) was employed by Excel Ambulance Service,

Inc. (“Excel”) as an emergency medical technician (“EMT”). On March 31,

2018, Williams was a passenger in an Excel ambulance being driven by

another Excel EMT, James Wesley (“Wesley”), while they were

transporting a patient. Wesley crashed the ambulance into a building in

Bellwood, IL. The ambulance caught on fire and all three men were killed.

A lawsuit was filed by Williams’s widow, Dora Williams, and his two

children, Amanda Williams and Prentis Williams, II. According to the

complaint, there were no skid marks at the site of the accident, leading

investigators to believe that Wesley did not apply the ambulance’s brakes

prior to the crash or swerve to avoid crashing into the building. The

complaint also notes Wesley had numerous felony convictions, and he

previously lost his driver’s license after causing a traffic accident in 2010

that resulted in serious injuries. Wesley regained his license in 2013, but

was required to obtain specialized “high-risk” insurance, according to the


The lawsuit alleges that Wesley’s negligent driving caused the ambulance

to crash, and that Excel was also negligent in allowing Wesley to drive an

ambulance in light of his history of criminal conduct and reckless driving

which posed a danger to others.

According to the family’s attorney, Tom Zimmerman, “Excel Ambulance

should never have allowed an individual with James Wesley’s criminal

background and dangerous driving history to transport patients in an

ambulance. My clients suffered a devastating loss the day before Easter.”

A copy of the complaint is available upon request, and attorney Tom

Zimmerman will be available for interviews.

View source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180409006194/en/


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