Route 143 collision is subject of suit

Kelly Holleran Mar. 10, 2009, 4:53am

A St. Clair County man has filed suit against a Madison County man and the companies for which he worked, alleging he was injured after a collision.

James Dykes claims he was driving a 1996 Ford F Series super duty truck east on Illinois Route 143 near its intersection with Grotefendt Road in Pin Oak on April 3, 2007, when Robert Payne, who was driving a 1997 Ford Econoline E250 west on Illinois Route 143 near the same intersection, collided with Dykes.

At the time of the accident, Payne was working for Baisch and Skinner and Woodlawn Gardens, according to the complaint filed March 4 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Because of the accident, numerous parts of Dykes' body and nervous system were injured and he suffered loss of income, the suit states.

He also suffered pain and discomfort, incurred medical costs and has been physically impaired, the suit states.

Payne was negligent by failing to keep a proper lookout, by failing to keep his vehicle under proper control, by failing to stop his vehicle to avoid a collision, by failing to stop his vehicle and by driving too fast, Dykes claims.

In the three-count suit, Dykes is seeking a judgment in excess of $150,000, plus costs.

He is represented by Nathan C. Lanter by Nelson and Nelson in Belleville.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0210.

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