I-44 accident caused injuries, couple claims in suit

Kelly Holleran Apr. 21, 2009, 11:00am

A Marissa couple claims an interstate accident left them with medical bills and extensive injuries.

Michael E. and Mary Jo Warren filed a lawsuit against Gregory R. Warren, Pritam Sidhu and Galib Trucking Company.

The Warrens say Michael E. Warren was riding with Gregory R. Warren in a 2002 Ford Explorer on April 22, 2007. They were heading east on Interstate 44 near its intersection with RT W (E) in Franklin County, Mo. when the collision occurred, according to the complaint filed April 20 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

While driving, Gregory R. Warren collided with a 386 Peterbilt truck trailer that Pritam Sidhu was driving near the same intersection, the suit states.

Because of the accident, Michael E. Warren sustained injuries to his face, nose, eyes, head, neck, right and left legs, left and right foot, hips, back, ankles and lower legs, according to the complaint. He also says he lost his normal life, incurred medical bills and sustained pain and mental anguish.

Since the accident, Mary Jo Warren says she has lost her husband's affection, society, companionship and consortium. She also had been hindered from attending to her usual affairs and has incurred medical costs, according to the complaint.

Gregory R. Warren and Sidhu were negligent by failing to keep their vehicles under control, by failing to maintain proper lookouts, by driving in an unsafe manner, by failing to yield the right-of-way, by failing to use evasive action to avoid an accident, by failing to drive in a single lane and by failing to brake to avoid a collision, according to the complaint. They also drove too fast and failed to pay attention to the road, the Warrens claim.

In addition, Gregory R. Warren negligently tried to pass when it was not safe, the suit states.

Sidhu drove in a hazardous manner, according to the complaint.

Because Sidhu was an employee of Galib, the company is liable for damages, the Warrens say.

In the six-count suit, the Warrens are seeking a judgment in excess of $300,000, plus costs.

Steven E. Katzman will be representing them.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-202.

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