On March 25, 2011, Patricia Anderson was a passenger in a taxi driven by the defendant Chouaib Sadix, who was driving westbound on Grand Avenue in Chicago. As the cab approached Central Park Avenue, other westbound cars were stopped for a red light. The cab passed those vehicles on the right side by traveling in the curb lane, which Anderson contended was a parking/bus lane.
In the meantime, another driver was attempting to make a left turn from eastbound Grand Avenue into a CVS parking lot at 3552 W. Grand Ave. The driver of that car, Robert Andino, turned between two stopped westbound vehicles and crashed into the cab in the curb lane.
Anderson, 60, suffered aggravation of a pre-existing partial thickness rotator cuff tear, which caused it to progress to a full thickness tear and required arthroscopic shoulder surgery.