Grandfather Sues 13-Year-Old Grandson in Death of Grandmother

The elderly man claims the child's negligent behavior caused his grandmother's death.

A Chicago-area man is suing his teen grandson after the boy was involved in a car crash that killed his wife, saying the child’s negligent behavior caused his grandmother’s death, according to reports.  

Kuem Soon Cho, 79, handed the keys to her 2005 Chrysler minivan to her 13-year-old grandson to help her put her car into gear at about 9 p.m. March 26, Niles Police said at the time.

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The teen shifted the vehicle into reverse with his foot accidentally on the gas pedal instead of the brake, sending the car backwards as the elderly woman walked up to the open driver’s side door, cops said.

The minivan’s open door struck the boy’s grandmother, gravely injuring her, officials said.

She was rushed to Lutheran General Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

An autopsy ruled the woman’s death an accident. The grandson was never charged in her death. 

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But Cho’s husband, Paul Sang Cho, said his grandson’s negligence caused his wife’s death, according to a wrongful death suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court Friday, CBS reported.

The suit, which is seeking an unspecified amount of money, claims Cho’s grandson carelessly failed to keep the vehicle under control, failed to give warning and failed to yield the right of way, the television station said.

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