Lawsuit filed against driver of car in fatal crash

The parents of Midlothian teen who was killed in traffic accident last month have filed a civil lawsuit against their son’s friend, who was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash.

Eamiel Beck III died of head injuries and a broken neck when the vehicle that he was a passenger in hit a utility pole near the Midlothian Park District Community Center early on July 28.

Joshua Rose was the driver of the vehicle. Rose has been charged with reckless homicide and is free on a $2,500 bond. His next court date is Sept. 2 at the Markham court house.

The crash occurred about 3:40 a.m. as Rose drove a 1998 Lincoln Continental belonging to Beck’s father. Rose ran a stop sign on 145th Street at Kostner Avenue, police said. The car crossed Kostner, then sped down a short drive and lawn before it hit a telephone pole. Beck was leaning his head on or out of the car window when it hit the pole by the front passenger seat, police said.

A blood test showed Rose had a blood alcohol content of 0.091, above the state’s limit of 0.08 for intoxication, police said.

Beck had asked Rose to drive home from a party because he, too, had been drinking, police said.

The lawsuit alleges that Rose was negligent for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and driving at a high rate of speed, thereby causing the vehicle to leave the roadway and hit the pole.

According to attorney Tim Cavanagh, who is representing Lori A. Beck and Eamiel Beck, Jr., there is no specific request for damages at this time.

“Typically I have that amount in closing arguments,” said Cavanagh. “But the trial probably won’t go on for a year.”

The lawsuit is pending before Judge Michael Hogan. Law firms like see lawsuits all the time.

Rose, 18, of 5725 Chaucer Drive, Oak Forest, has is free on bond and must stay at his parents’ home except when he works at United Parcel Service. Both Rose and Beck were June graduates of Oak Forest High School.

Eamiel Beck III, 17, was to attend Southern Illinois University, where he planned to major in music education.

“It’s unfortunate that this is yet another tragic example of the dangers of underage drinking and driving,” said Cavanagh. “(Beck) was a smart, intelligent and motivated young man with a bright future ahead of him.”

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