September 18, 2010
The family of a Downers Grove man who died in a motorcycle crash in 2008 is suing tire-maker Michelin, claiming defective tires contributed to the fatal crash.
Kimberly Thollander, administrator for the estate of Gregory Holman, filed the suit against Michelin North America Friday in Cook County Circuit Court.
Holman, 47, of Downers Grove, was killed Sept. 19, 2008, when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a freight truck on New Avenue about a quarter-mile east of Cico Road in southwest DuPage Township, according to the Will County coroner's office.
He was pronounced dead on the scene at 7:15 p.m., according to the coroner's office.
The suit claims the Michelin tires on Holman's 2004 Buell Lightning motorcycle were defective, and that treads became abnormally deformed and tires separate during normal use, causing the driver to lose control.
One or more tires allegedly went out of control on Holman's motorcycle, leading to the fatal crash, the suit claims.
The two-count product liability and wrongful death suit seeks at least $100,000 in damages.
Michelin spokeswoman Lynn Mann said late Saturday morning they have not been served with the suit yet, and could not immediately provide a comment.