Snowmobile Accident

Lawsuit seeks damages in fatal snowmobile accident

By Brian Martin
NewsTribune Reporter

OTTOWA—A six-count lawsuit has been filed in La Salle County Court against John Szymovicz and Joy and Ed’s Supper Club in Utica in connection with a Jan. 9 snowmobile accident that killed a Peru woman.

Sheryl Lynn Tucker, 33, died Jan. 9 after the snowmobile she was riding on crashed into a gate on the Illinois and Michigan Canal towpath about one mile east of Utica.

John Szymovicz, 29, of 1543 LaHarpe St., La Salle was driving the snowmobile. He faces a felony charge of involuntary manslaughter in connection with Tucker’s death.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Tucker’s estate by Ottawa attorney Howard Ankin of the Peter Ferracuti law office. The estate’s administrator and plaintiff is Kenneth Smith, Tucker’s brother.

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