Mack truck rear end collision leads to $100k suit

Steve Gonzalez Aug. 16, 2005, 8:22am

A St. Charles woman who was rear-ended by a Mack truck is suing its owner, Grossman Iron & Steel of St. Louis, for more than $100,000 in damages.

Stacey Lee Harris claims that on April 14, Robert Jarman, the truck's driver, struck the rear of her 1993 Dodge Caravan in the far right lane of eastbound Page Avenue near Interstate 270 in Maryland Heights, Mo.

“The collision and resulting injuries to Harris, were directly caused by the negligence and carelessness of Grossman Iron & Steel,” the complaint states.

Harris, who filed suit Aug. 9 in Madison County Circuit Court, claims Grossman failed to exercise the highest degree of care, failed to keep a lookout, failed to supervise its employee and failed to maintain equipment.

According to the complaint, Harris suffered serious, painful and permanent injuries to her back and the discs, blood vessels, ligaments and adjacent structures, was caused to undergo medical treatment, x-rays, and painful tests and was permanently injured, weakened, and diseased.

“Stacey Lee Harris’ ability to enjoy life has been, and will in the future, be permanently diminished,” her complaint states.

Harris is represented by Gerard Schneller of Holland, Groves & Schneller of St. Louis. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Andy Matoesian.

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