Cubs Hit With Wrongful Death Suit

By Andrew Greiner
|  Friday, Aug 21, 2009  |  Updated 3:27 PM CDT
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Cubs Hit With Wrongful Death Suit

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The Chicago Cubs were hit with a wrongful death lawsuit after a dilapidated building on their property collapsed, killing a man.

Lawyers for Alec Drews, who died during a storm on Wrigley Field property in 2007, filed a wrongful death suit against the organization today in Cook County Circuit court.

On August 23, 2007, Wrigleyville resident Drews, 21, was crushed when one wall of the car wash on the Wrigley Field grounds at Clark Street and Waveland Avenue collapsed. Drews was walking to a nearby McDonalds for a hamburger when a storm kicked up.  He took shelter in the old building, which was used as a bike parking lot, when the wall fell on him.  He died days later from injuries sustained in the accident.

The Cubs were unaware that Drews was lying beneath the rubble until sometime later when workers discovered him during a routine cleanup of the debris, a statement from the Drews' lawyers said.

"It was just a horrible accident," his older brother, Mike Drews, said.

Lawyers had been negotiating with the Cubs since the accident, but when the team walked away from the table, the family filed the lawsuit, their attorney said.  They're seeking an unspecified amount of damages -- but the minimum required for filing in the Law Division of the Circuit Court is $50,000.

The Chicago Cubs said they cannot comment because it is an ongoing legal case.

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