Boat passenger claims jet skier threw water on her

Ann Knef Jul. 23, 2008, 8:46am

A passenger aboard a boat in the Kaskaskia River is seeking in excess of $200,000 in damages from a jet skier who threw water on her.

Tanya Lewis also alleges Nathan Marlen charged the boat she was in "in such a fashion to cause plaintiff to reasonably believe the defendant was going to commit an additional battery by again throwing water upon her," says the lawsuit filed July 22 in St. Clair County.

The four-count lawsuit seeks damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress, assault and battery.

Lewis claims Marlen charged the boat at a high rate of speed "and in such a fashion as to cause those upon the believe that he was going to 'ram' the boat with the jet ski."

She also claims he threatened passengers on the boat with the use of a gun.

The incident took place July 22, 2006, the suit claims.

"As a direct and proximate result of one or more of the acts of the defendant alleged herein-above the plaintiff was damaged in that she suffered mental anguish and severe emotional distress," the complaint states.

Lewis is represented by Jeffery A. Cain of Freeark, Harvey, Mendillo, Dennis, Wuller, Cain & Murphy of Belleville.

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