College student’s plans on hold after concrete falls in Wicker Park

CHICAGO — A 22-year-old girl critically injured by falling concrete in Wicker Park earlier this month spoke out for the primary time on Monday.

Annie Shea Wheeler, 22, was strolling residence on April 6 in the 1200 block of North Milwaukee Avenue when her world was turned the wrong way up.

She was critically injured after concrete got here tumbling down on her from a constructing positioned at 1227 N. Milwaukee Ave.

“The past few weeks have been emotionally really taxing on top of obvious physical pain that has been monumental,” Wheeler mentioned. “I’m going to have to retrain my body how to do some basic motor functions.”

Her attorneys declare as not too long ago as March 21, the Chicago Dept. of Buildings instructed the proprietor to hire an engineer to make repairs. By the date of the incident, her legal professionals mentioned these weren’t made.

A lawsuit has now been filed towards the constructing proprietor and the company that erected scaffolding across the constructing. It alleges negligence and failure of responsibility on a variety of ranges — together with the absence of netting and an absence of warning signage.

Wheeler, a school senior, will now must miss her commencement at Columbia College subsequent month.

“I had a few opportunities lined up that I was applying for that I’ll be putting on hold now,” she mentioned.

WGN News has not been capable of attain the proprietor of the constructing for remark. Chicago Scaffolding mentioned they would like to chorus from remark till they see a replica of the lawsuit.

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