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WOODSTOCK – The mother of a Harvard man killed in a 2010 crash has filed a wrongful death lawsuit as she continues to search for the semi-truck driver she believes caused her only child's death.

Bret Huffar, 27, of Harvard was on his way to work at the Woodstock Culver's about 4 p.m. June 7, 2010, when an unidentified white semi-trailer traveling west on Route 14 near Bunker Hill Road crossed the center line, police said.

This caused Huffar's 1997 Buick LaSabre to go off the road into a ditch, re-enter the roadway, cross into the westbound lane, and collide head-on with a second semi. Huffar died instantly, police said. The driver of the second semi, Brian S. Kent of East Troy, Wis., was evaluated at the scene and released. But the driver of the first semi kept going.

In the lawsuit filed last week in McHenry County Court, Julie Huffar names Kent and the company he was working for, Offset Systems Service Corp. Also named are several other companies that “have information essential to the determination of who should be properly named as additional defendants."

These businesses include Dean Foods Co., Alder Group Inc., Chemtool Inc., Northwest Wood Products and Hercorp Transport.

Julie Huffar has gone to great lengths in an effort to identify the driver of the first semi, including offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

A woman who reported seeing the semi near McHenry County College even was hypnotized to try to recall more details about the truck.

A photo taken by an MCC security camera about the time of the crash revealed a white semi believed to be the at-fault vehicle, but it did not provide enough identifying details. The FBI was unable to enhance the photo.

“We've been looking and had some leads off and on, but never found the person, as much as we would like to," Julie Huffar said.

She is seeking more that $50,000 in damages.

Anyone with information can contact McHenry County CrimeStoppers at 800-762-7867.

**Available for a limited time at http://www.nwherald.com/2012/05/11/mother-files-lawsuit-in-2010-death-of-only-son/apmjksn/

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