Joanne Cullen visited her parents grave in December of 2016 and as she bent down to fix a bow on a wreath she started sinking. A sinkhole had formed and “It caused her to fall forward and smash her head on the tombstone,” her lawyer, Joseph Perrini said.
She grabbed the sides of the headstone and tried to pull herself back up. She screamed for help but no one could hear her
“Getting sucked into your parents’ grave when you go to visit them on a cool December afternoon with the sun going down … it’s terrifying and traumatizing,” Cullen’s lawyer said.
Cullen has filed a $5 million lawsuit against the St. Charles Resurrection Cemetery. Her lawyer said the gravediggers backfilled an adjacent gave with dirt but left a void which caused the sinkhole.
“I will never go back there again,” Cullen said