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Wrongful death lawsuit filed in death of dump truck driver at Winnebago Landfill

ROCKFORD — A Dixon woman has sued two Rock River Valley companies and a dump truck driver after her husband was killed at Winnebago Landfill when he was buried under several tons of construction materials.

An attorney for Dixon resident Tina Trevino filed the wrongful death lawsuit on July 21 against Belvidere-based Landmark Excavating Inc., its employee Douglas Anderson and Rockford-based Winnebago Landfill Co. in the April 28 death of Gonzalo Trevino. Trevino, 54, worked for Marengo Disposal Co. when he was at the Winnebago Landfill, 8403 Lindenwood Road, Rockford, which is operated by Winnebago Landfill Co., according to the lawsuit.

Trevino, the father of six adult children, was operating a dump truck at the landfill that day when Anderson — who was driving a dump truck for Landmark — dumped his load of construction materials onto Trevino and his truck, according to the suit, which was filed in Winnebago County Circuit Court. He died as a result of those injuries.

Tina Trevino is seeking more than $50,000 in damages. Illinois law doesn’t require litigants to specify the amount of money they’re seeking, only whether it is in excess of $50,000. “We feel it’s worth substantially more, but I can’t give you a number,” her attorney, Thomas D. Murray, said.

Those responsible for Gonzalo Trevino’s death “are obliged to compensate” his wife and children — ages 18 to 30 — for their loss, Murray said. His wife is devastated by his death, Murray said.

Anderson was at the landfill about 2:30 p.m. that day when he backed up the dump truck into an area of the landfill next to Trevino’s truck. As Anderson raised the dump box, it tipped over, dumping the load onto Trevino, the lawsuit states. Since Anderson worked for Landmark, that company is responsible for any negligent acts, performed by Anderson, that lead to Trevino’s death, the suit states.

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