Lawsuit says Kane deputy’s pursuit led to fatal crash
By Dan Campana For Sun-Times Media December 5, 2013 5:06PM
Updated: January 7, 2014 6:38AM
ST. CHARLES — The family of Zachary Bingham, the Kaneland High School graduate killed in a 2012 crash in Campton Hills, blames a sheriff’s deputy for “consciously disregarding” public safety by continuing a high-speed pursuit that ultimately led to the fatal collision, according to a recently filed lawsuit.
Bingham, of Maple Park, was driving east on Route 38 around 8:45 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2012, when a westbound car driven by Jennifer Liston, of Madison, Wis., slammed into his vehicle head-on. Liston was pronounced dead at the scene, while the 18-year-old Bingham died several hours later in a hospital. Two other vehicles were involved in the crash near Pouley Road which left at least two other people injured, authorities said at the time.
Police previously said that Liston’s vehicle had been reported stolen from Wheaton hours before the crash. Liston, who authorities said also was involved in a hit-and-run in Geneva prior to the fatal collision in Campton Hills, drove at speeds topping 100 mph prior to the crash, according to published reports.
In the lawsuit, attorneys for Bingham’s family suggest that Kane County Sheriff’s Deputy Nicholas Wolf should have known when to end his pursuit of Liston’s vehicle, and failed to follow proper procedures related to police chases.
Wolf “engaged a vehicle at high speeds that was reasonably known to be involved in a prior collision shortly before the (Campton Hills) collision,” the suit states.
The county and the sheriff’s office also are named in the wrongful death lawsuit. Sheriff Pat Perez, as well as the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office, would not comment on the case because it is pending.
The case is scheduled for a February hearing.