Belleville man sues Enterprise and driver who crossed center line

Kelly Holleran Oct. 13, 2009, 6:00am

A Belleville man claims he suffered a loss of income after he says an intoxicated man collided with him.

Michael D. Karwoski filed a complaint Oct. 2 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Jerry L. Ousley and Enterprise Leasing.

Karwoski claims he was driving east on Martin Luther King Bridge in East St. Louis on May 9 when Ousley, who was driving west on the same bridge, collided with him.

At the time of the accident, Ousley was driving a 2009 Nissan Frontier owned by Enterpise Leasing, according to the complaint.

Because of the collision, Karwoski incurred medical costs and suffered a loss of income, pain and a loss of normal life, the suit states.

Karwoski blames Ousley for his injuries, saying Ousley failed to keep a proper lookout, drove too fast, crossed the center line and drove his vehicle while intoxicated, the complaint says.

In the two-count suit, Karwoski is seeking a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs.

Jon E. Rosenstengel of the Law Offices of Bonifield and Rosenstengel in Belleville will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-524.

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