Motorcyclist sues townships for near wipeout on rocky road

Kelly Holleran Aug. 17, 2009, 4:59am

A man blames the village of Shiloh Township and the village of O'Fallon Township for causing him to break his left knee while riding on a motorcycle after he encountered a rocky road.

Brian Knepp filed a lawsuit Aug. 10 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against both townships.

Knepp claims he was driving his motorcycle south on Reider Road near its intersection with Shiloh Valley Township Road on Aug. 12, 2008, when he encountered a repaved area of Reider Road filled with rock, chip and oil.

"Upon coming into contact with said fresh oil and gravel, plaintiff's motorcycle swerved and/or fishtailed," the suit states. "Plaintiff was able to maintain and control his motorcycle in an upright position, but to do so and in order to prevent his motorcycle from dropping or crashing, he had to put his left foot down upon the pavement to stabilize the motorcycle."

Because of the incident, Knepp broke his left tibial plateau, incurred medical costs and has been prevented from attending to his usual duties, the complaint says.

He blames the townships for failing to maintain the roads in a safe condition.

In the two-count suit, Knepp is seeking a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

William E. Miller of Alton will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-417.

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