Peter Haskell, by his father and next friend Ralph Haskell (plaintiff), sued Albert Siegmund (codefendant) for damages arising from a car accident. Walter Peterson owned and insured the car Siegmund was driving at the time. The trial court entered judgment against Siegmund, which Haskell then sued Peterson's insurer (codefendant) to collect. Peterson died before that action could be tried. Under Peterson's insurance policy, the insurer was liable for payment only if Siegmund drove Peterson's car with Peterson's permission. The trial evidence included Peterson's written statements to the insurer's investigator, made shortly after the accident, admitting he permitted Siegmund to use his car. The trial court entered judgment against the insurer, and the insurer appealed to the Appellate Court of Illinois, Third District, on the grounds that Peterson's statements were inadmissible hearsay evidence.