Man blames tow driver for injuries while thwarting repossession

Steve Gonzalez Aug. 8, 2005, 9:25am

An Ellis Grove man who drove a golf cart into the path of his 2003 Chevy Cavalier as it was being repossessed, is suing the tow driver for bodily injuries and violating his rights.

William Clawson claims he drove a golf cart in the path of his car Feb. 27 because he thought it was being stolen "since GMAC never notified him they intended to repossess his car," according to a suit filed Aug. 4 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Clawson is seeking in excess of $50,000 in damages from Jack Turner of Collinsville, who works for RDA Towing and Recovery in Missouri.

“Turner used an unreasonable amount of force in his effort to take possession of the Chevy Cavalier and drove the car into the golf cart driven by William Clawson,” the complaint states.

It also states that Turner "attempted to repossess his car in a manner that was not done peacefully and without violating his rights."

The suit alleges that Turner failed to reduce his speed to avoid colliding into the golf cart, failed to properly apply the brakes, and failed to keep the car under proper control.

Clawson claims he suffered severe and disabling injuries to his neck, mental anguish, incurred and became liable for medical expenses, and has been unable to perform his work activities.

He is represented by Stephen Buser of Columbia. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Philip Kardis in Granite City.

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