Custom motorcycle totaled in accident, owner claims

Kelly Holleran Aug. 4, 2009, 11:40am

A man claims his custom motorcycle was destroyed after the driver of a 2001 Dodge Caravan failed to stop at a red light and crashed into him.

Develyn M. Cameron filed a lawsuit July 28 in Madison County Circuit Court against Zachary Tucker.

Cameron claims he was driving a 2007 Custom ASV motorcycle west on Illinois Route 140 through a green light at its intersection with Illinois Route 3 in Alton on Sept. 16.

At the same time, Tucker, who was traveling east on Illinois Route 140, failed to obey a red light and entered the intersection, striking Cameron's motorcycle, according to the complaint.

Because of the collision, Cameron suffered severe and permanent injuries to his face, head, neck, shoulders, legs and body, incurred medical bills and was prevented from attending to his usual duties and affairs, the suit states.

In addition, his custom motorcycle was rendered a complete loss, causing Cameron additional damages of $33,750, the complaint says.

Cameron blames Tucker for driving in a reckless fashion, for failing to stop his vehicle in time to avoid a collision, for failing to exercise ordinary care, for failing to obey a traffic control device, for failing to yield the right-of-way and for failing to keep a proper lookout.

Cameron is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

William E. Miller of Alton will be representing him.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-783.

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