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Naperville teen sued for driver education class crash

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A Naperville teen who hit two pedestrians while behind the wheel in a driver education class last summer is now a defendant in two DuPage County lawsuits.

The 16-year-old Waubonsie Valley High School student is accused in the lawsuits of striking two women, from Plano and Downers Grove, near Jackson Avenue and Webster Street in Naperville the morning of July 12, 2013.

According to a police report, the teen failed to reduce speed. She was southbound on Webster Street, attempting to make a right turn onto westbound Jackson Avenue, when she hit both women, who were walking west on Jackson, court documents say.

The Plano woman filed her suit against the student and the driver's ed instructor last Tuesday. On Friday, the Downers Grove woman filed a suit that names the student, her father for the purposes of representing the student, as she is a minor, and Indian Prairie Unit District 204, which owned the 2010 Mercury Mariner involved in the accident.

Both women are seeking more than $50,000 in damages. The Downers Grove woman suffered injuries to her "muscles, bones and nervous system," while the Plano woman had "severe and permanent injuries," according to court documents.

District 204 spokeswoman Janet Buglio confirmed via email that a student was in an accident during a driver's education class, with an instructor in the car, in 2013. She said the accident was promptly reported to police and the district's insurance company.

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