Carol Ostrow Jun. 16, 2015, 12:58pm


A St. Clair woman claims she was injured when a driver drove into the front of her work, forcing her to flee her desk to avoid the vehicle.

Leah L. Bantz filed a lawsuit on June 4 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Carol A. Hucke, alleging vehicular negligence in a Millstadt crash.

According to the complaint, on July 3, 2013, Bantz was at her place of employment at Scott Credit Union, 548 E. Washington Ave. No. 2 in Millstadt when Hucke attempted to park her vehicle in a space at the front of the business. The suit says Hucke drove her vehicle into the front of the building, with the vehicle coming to a stop in Bantz's work area.

The plaintiff claims the defendant failed to control her vehicle; keep a proper lookout; drive at a suitable speed; and reduce her speed.

The complaint says Bantz was forced to flee her cubicle in order to avoid being struck by Hucke’s automobile. The plaintiff alleges serious and permanent injuries, including but not limited to her general body, right knee and right arm. The suit says she sustained medical expenses of approximately $10,000.

Bantz seeks damages in excess of $50,000 to be determined by the court, plus attorney fees and costs.

She is represented by attorney Thomas Kemper of Butler & Kemper in Granite City.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-332.

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