Family Files Wrongful Death Suit
February 22, 2005
Story by nbc5.com
CHICAGO — Police in suburban Sauk Village released a 911 tape this week in which a dispatcher declined to assist in a call from a man asking for help.
Police Chief Thomas Lacheta said the Dec. 21, 2004, call was apparently in reference to a 28-year-old man in need of medical assistance.
Jacob Kibbey, of Mokena, was found dead in his sport utility vehicle in a hospital emergency room parking lot in nearby Dyer, Indiance on Jan. 2, 2005.
The audio tape indicates that an unidentified caller alerted police to Kibbey’s illness:
911 Dispatcher: "911."
Caller: "Yes, I’d like to, uh, report someone that’s injured — someone who needs assistance — at the emergency hospital in Dyer, Ind."
911 Dispatcher: "Where are they at?"
Caller: "They’re in Dyer. And they’re in a brown GMC Jimmy."
911 Dispatcher: "This is Sauk Village Police."
Caller: "Yes. I was wondering if you could put it through, please."
911 Dispatcher: "No, I can’t."
Caller: "Oh, who do I call?"
911 Dispatcher: "You’d probably have to call Dyer."
Caller: "All right."
Investigators say Kibbey died of an accidental drug overdose. His widow has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Saul Village officials were withholding comment pending litigation.