Father files wrongful death suit against driver

Steve Gonzalez May 5, 2005, 5:05am

Goshen Road

A fatal car wreck two years ago in Edwardsville is the subject of a $50,000 wrongful death suit filed by David Long whose son was killed on Goshen Road in Edwardsville on June 17, 2003. Long's complaint was filed May 4 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Long claims the driver of the vehicle, Amber Leverett, was negligent in the death of Luke Long, who was her passenger.

Circuit Judge Daniel J. Stack has been assigned to the case.

“Leverett owed Luke Long a duty of ordinary care in the operation of her vehicle,” the complaint states.

Long alleges that Leverett breached her duty of care to his son and was guilty of negligence by disobeying a traffic control device, failing to stop at a traffic control device, failed to yield the right of way, and driving her vehicle in a way to cause it to strike another vehicle.

He claims that as a result of the alleged negligence, Luke suffered fatal injuries, great pain and mental anguish prior to his death, lost wages he otherwise would have earned if not for his death, and medical expenses.

Long also claims he and his wife, Cindy, incurred damages in the form of funeral expenses, pecuniary loss, loss of services, society, companionship, comfort, support, guidance, training and counsel of their son.

Seeking damages in excess of $50,000, David Long will be represented by Gregory Tobin of Pratt & Tobin of East Alton.

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