Woman who falls off truck's running boards sues driver

Steve Gonzalez Aug. 28, 2006, 11:08am

A Godfrey woman who was catching a ride on the running boards of a pickup truck is suing the driver for running over her after she fell.

Melissa Allen claims Christopher Hines was intoxicated and driving his vehicle at an excessive rate of speed, according to a suit filed Aug. 28 Madison County.

Allen sued Mac's Timeout on June 10, 2005, alleging the Alton tavern sold alcohol to a patron who later injured her while she was standing on the running boards of a truck.

Allen claims the driver accelerated the vehicle at a high rate of speed causing her to violently fall to the ground.

According to the complaint, Allen suffered serious and permanent injures, suffered mental anguish, and has become liable for medical expenses hindering her from attending to her normal affairs.

Allen claims she suffered permanent brain damage, a fractured wrist, severe bruising of her legs, fractured lumbar spine and a lacerated left eye.

"Defendant's conduct was willful and wanton and consciously disregarded his duty of reasonable care to the plaintiff," the complaint states.

Represented by Bob Perica of Alton, Allen is seeking compensatory damages in excess of $100,000 and punitive damages in excess of $750,000.

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