Fatal accident sparks lawn care related law proposal

A motorcycle crashed believed to be caused by grass clippings has sparked a law proposing harsher punishments for violating the Litter Control Act.

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An article from the Canton Daily Ledger reported that on June 8, Cheryl Zeglen was riding her Harley Davidson with friends in Bureau County. Zeglen crashed her motorcycle and passed away two days later from her injuries. On Nov. 27, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of Zenglen's family for the wrongful death of Zeglen against Defendant, Jay Pankey.

The Defendant in the civil lawsuit, Jay Pankey, was mowing his grass and blowing the clippings and debris directly on the roadway on Route 6. The clippings covered an 1/8 to 1/4 of a mile of the public roadway at the time of the crash. Route 6 is a two-lane highway.

Pankey was ticketed for violation of 415 ILCS 105-4 under the Litter Control Act for mowing his grass clippings directly onto the road and covering an 1/8 to 1/4 of a mile of the roadway with grass.

The  family proposed a law stating that if depositing clippings and debris on a roadway results in serious injury or death to motorcyclists, the individual depositing the clippings or waste onto the roadway is eligible to be punished with a Class 4 Felony and potential time in the Department of Corrections between 1-3 years.

For the full story from the Canton Daily Ledger, click here.