Auto accidents pile up in St. Clair County

Ann Knef Aug. 7, 2008, 9:41am

Eight civil lawsuits filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court between July 29 and Aug. 4, related to auto accidents:

  • Rhonda Parris filed suit against Alfred King of Belleville over an incident that took place Dec. 18, 2006. Parris, who was northbound on Kingshighway in St. Clair County near the intersection of St. Clair Avenue, claims King struck her vehicle in the rear.

    Parris claims she suffered injuries to her neck, back, head, trunk and spinal column. She claims she has so far incurred medical expenses in the amount of $7,318.78. She is seeking in excess of $50,000 in damages.

    Parris is represented by Stuart Cofman of Cofman & Townsley in St. Louis.

  • A passenger in Parris's vehicle, William Brown, also filed suit against King on July 30.

    Brown is seeking in excess of $50,000 in damages for injuries to his neck, back and trunk. He, too, is represented by Cofman.

  • Michael L. Adams and Deborah Adams filed suit against Rachellyn R. Mongiovi over an incident that took place Sept. 2, 2007, at Scheel Street and Douglas Avenue in Belleville.

    According to the complaint filed July 30, Michael Adams was driving on Douglas Avenue when Mongiovi struck his vehicle. The Adamses claim Mongiovi failed to keep a proper lookout and drove at an excessive rate of speed, among other things.

    Michael Adams claims he sustained numerous injuries to the tissues and muscles of his back. He also claims he was bruised and contused.

    Deborah Adams claims loss of consortium. They seek in excess of $100,000 in damages. They are represented by Chris Kolker of Belleville.

  • Gregory Hayes, Sr. claims Melissa Horton crossed into his lane of travel on the Martin Luther King Bridge as he was in the eastbound right hand lane, according to a suit filed July 29.

    Hayes is seeking in excess of $150,000 in damages for injuries he and his children sustained in an accident that occurred June 30, 2006. Hayes alleges Horton struck him on his driver's side, and as a result he suffered severe and permanent injuries.

    Hayes is represented by Jason R. Caraway of the Kirkpatrick Law Offices in Belleville.

  • Connie J. Gillespie filed a complaint against Eugene Travis Aaron claiming she was struck from behind while stopped in westbound traffic on Highway 50 in O'Fallon on Oct. 8, 2006.

    Gillespie's suit, filed July 30, claims Aaron drove too fast for conditions, failed to sound his horn and failed to reduce his speed to avoid an accident. She claims serious and permanent injuries, lost wages and loss of the use of her 2004 Chevrolet Malibu.

    Gillespie seeks in excess of $50,000 in damages. She is represented by Thomas J. Lech of the Law Offices of H. Carl Runge, Jr.

  • Police officer Deangelo Franklin is suing Sylvia Cook over an auto accident that occurred July 2 at the intersection of Broadway and 6th Street in East St. Louis.

    Franklin's suit filed Aug. 4 claims he was operating a police vehicle eastbound on Broadway with his lights and sirens activated when Cook, who was also eastbound on Broadway according to the complaint, struck the side of his vehicle.

    Among other things, Franklin claims Cook failed to properly yield to a police officer responding to an emergency call. He also claims she failed to properly display a turn signal.

    Franklin claims injuries to his neck, shoulder and low back. He is seeking in excess of $50,000 in damages.

    Franklin is represented by Thomas C. Rich and Jennifer L. Barbieri of Fairview Heights.

  • Kevin M. Dille of Cottage Hills is suing the owners of a 2001 Kia vehicle over an auto accident that occurred Aug. 2, 2006, at the intersection of Hartman Lane and Highway 50 in O'Fallon.

    Dille, who was operating a 1997 Hyundai vehicle westbound on Highway 50, claims the operator of the Kia, Leslie Eilerbrock, who was eastbound on the same roadway, failed to obey a traffic signal.

    Dille claims his vehicle was struck by the Kia, causing him extensive injuries to his head, neck, hands, knee and back.

    His suit seeks $50,000 in damages from Eilerbrock and from the Kia's owners, Jardon and Charity Castaneda who "entrusted their vehicle to defendant Leslie Eilerbrock, who, due to her inexperience collided with the plaintiff's vehicle causing serious injuries to the plaintiff…," the complaint states.

    Dille is represented by Rodney D. Caffey of the Lakin Law firm in Wood River.

  • Deana A. Bridges filed a complaint against Theresa M. Friederich and Justin A. Silva, claiming injuries from an Aug. 23, 2006, rear-end collision in Belleville.

    According to Bridges' complaint filed July 31, Silva and Friederich failed to keep proper lookouts as Bridges was stopped in traffic traveling southbound on West Boulevard near the intersection of Woods Way.

    Bridges is seeking in excess of $100,000 in damages for injuries. She is represented by B. Jay Dowling of Sterling and Dowling in Fairview Heights.

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