Suit claims driver crossed lane of traffic, striking vehicle in side

Kelly Holleran Oct. 7, 2009, 10:58am

A man has filed suit against the driver who he says hit the side of his vehicle after pulling from a parking lot into traffic.

Luke Kimble claims he was driving west in the 2600 block of State Street in East St. Louis on Oct. 18, 2008, at about 1:30 p.m. when defendant Carl L. Turner, who was driving from a parking lot, crossed into a lane of traffic and struck the side of Kimble's vehicle.

At the time of the accident, Turner was working for co-defendant O'Reilly Auto Parts.

Because of the collision, Kimble was made sick, sore, lame, disordered and disabled, suffered extensive injuries to his head, body, limbs, neck, shoulders and low back and incurred medical costs, according to the complaint filed Sept. 25 in St. Clair County Circuit Court. In addition, Kimble suffered a disability, experienced pain and suffering, lost money from a loss of wages and suffered an impaired earning capacity, the suit states.

Turner negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to apply his breaks, drove too fast, failed to drive continuously in the right-hand lane of traffic, drove on the wrong side of the road and drove a vehicle without adequate brakes.

In the two-count suit, Kimble is seeking a judgment of more than $60,000, plus costs.

John H. Hustava of Collinsville will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-506.

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