Route 4 collision subject of Madison County suit

Kelly Holleran Sep. 15, 2008, 6:43am

Rodney D. and Kristina S. Grimsley have filed suit on behalf of themselves and two others against Zachary J. Nolker, alleging they were severely injured after a collision with the vehicle Nolker was driving.

The Grimsleys claim that on Feb. 18, 2007, at about 6:19 p.m., Rodney was driving his 2004 Chrysler Town and Country north on State Route 4 with three passengers in the van – Kristina, Garrett P. and Payton J. Grimsley, according to a suit filed Sept. 11 in Madison County.

They were about three-quarters of a mile south of the highway's intersection with St. Jacob/Ellis Road when Nolker, who was driving his 2005 Dodge Neon south on the state route, crossed the centerline in an attempt to pass a car, the suit states. As a result, he collided with the Grimsley's van, the suit states.

All four of the Grimsleys claim they were seriously injured, resulting in pain, suffering and a loss of enjoyment of a normal life. They also say they incurred substantial medical costs as a result of the accident.

Rodney and Kristina claim they suffered a loss of wages as a result of the accident.

Nolker was negligent because he failed to decrease his speed, failed to exercise reasonable care, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to operate his vehicle in the correct lane and passed a vehicle in a no-passing zone, according to the complaint.

In the four-count suit, the Grimsleys are seeking a judgment in excess of $200,000, plus costs.

They have demanded a jury trial.

Christopher A. Koester of Taylor Law Offices in Effingham will be representing them.

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