Sean Richards Obituary, Family of 14-year-old, Hinsdale car wash crash victim, file lawsuit

Sean Richards, 14, lost his life in a tragic incident that happened outside of Fuller’s Car Wash in Hinsdale, following a heartbreaking incident. Devastated by their son’s passing, the Richards family has filed a lawsuit against the car wash as well as the driver’s father, a 16-year-old who was involved in the collision.

The horrifying incident occurred when a teenage employee mistakenly hit the accelerator instead of the brake, propelling a Jeep Wrangler across two lanes of traffic. The vehicle struck Sean Richards on the sidewalk before crashing into Fontano’s Subs in downtown Hinsdale back in July. A promising young life was lost, leaving a void that can never be filled.

The grief-stricken parents, Brian and Kristine Richards, have voiced their anguish and frustration, asserting that this is not an isolated incident. According to their claims, this marks the third such incident at Fuller’s Car Wash, indicating a pattern of negligence that they argue could have been prevented.

Bradley Cosgrove, representing the Richards family with Clifford Law Offices, stated, “They knew that this could happen, and they took absolutely no reasonable steps to prevent this tragedy from occurring.” The accusation implies a failure on the part of Fuller’s Car Wash to address safety concerns adequately.

Hinsdale police confirmed at least one prior incident, involving two vehicles rolling out of the car wash and causing a collision. The severity of these incidents raises questions about the measures in place to ensure the safety of pedestrians and motorists in the vicinity.

During a poignant news conference, Kristine Richards expressed the profound loss her family is enduring. “Sean should be alive today. He should be finishing final exams, attending swim practice, getting ready for Christmas with his family. Instead, he’s dead because of the reckless actions of Fuller’s.”

The grief is palpable in the Richards’ words, as they emphasize the preventable nature of the tragedy. Brian Richards, Sean’s father, acknowledged the enduring pain of a parent’s love even after the tragic loss of a child. “We are and always will be completely heartbroken and devastated by Sean’s killing.”

While the 16-year-old driver was cited by the police, the incident was ruled as an accident. The Fuller family released a statement expressing condolences: “Now that the legal process has begun, it does not change our heavy hearts and the grief we feel for the Richards family and the other families affected by this accident.”

The legal proceedings will likely shed light on the responsibility of Fuller’s Car Wash in ensuring a safe environment. The Richards family is not only seeking justice for Sean but also advocating for increased safety measures. They demand that the car wash relocate to an area with less foot traffic, emphasizing the potential dangers of operating in a location with a history of such incidents.

In the wake of this tragedy, the community has been left in shock. The Fuller family pledged to remember the victims and promised to continue serving the community faithfully, acknowledging the depth of the tragedy felt by their own family and employees.

As the legal process unfolds, the DuPage County state’s attorney and Hinsdale police chief have labeled the incident a tragic accident, emphasizing that the 16-year-old driver did not intend to cause harm. However, the Richards family remains steadfast in their pursuit of accountability.

Kristine Richards, who witnessed the entire incident, expressed the traumatic experience of running to her son’s aid after he was struck. “We want people responsible for Sean’s death to be held accountable,” she declared, underlining the family’s determination to prevent others from enduring a similar ordeal.

In the midst of their grief, the Richards family honors the memory of Sean—a Boy Scout and altar boy—who served the 9 a.m. Mass on the last full day of his life. “We want to make sure that no other family has to go through the hell that we’re living and will live the rest of our lives,” Kristine Richards concluded, encapsulating the family’s enduring commitment to seeking justice and preventing future tragedies.