Driver negligently drove over mound of dirt, suit claims

Kelly Holleran Feb. 2, 2010, 7:54am

A woman has filed suit against three people who she blames for causing an accident in which she was ejected from a vehicle.

Melissa Kate Render claims she was riding in a vehicle at 2749 Rentchler Rd. in Belleville on June 28, 2008, as part of a social gathering. Defendants Timothy and Mathew Hagerty provided the vehicle in which Render was riding.

According to the complaint filed Jan. 28 in St. Clair County Circuit Court, the Hagertys failed to warn the driver, defendant Anne Lucas, of a large dirt mound, which Lucas drove over, causing Render to be ejected from the vehicle.

Because of the accident, Render experienced pain, suffering, disability, disfigurement and loss of a normal life and incurred medical costs, the suit states. In addition, she is at an increased risk for future injury, the complaint says.

Render blames the Hagertys for causing the accident, saying they failed to warn the driver about the mound, failed to inspect the premises to determine whether they were safe and allowed a participant at the social gathering to drive the motor vehicle.

Lucas negligently drove the vehicle over a mound of dirt when it was not safe to do so, drove too fast for the conditions, failed to keep her vehicle under proper control and drove without adequate training, the suit states.

In the three-count complaint, Render is seeking a judgment for more than $150,000, plus costs.

Daniel K. Juncker of Belleville will be representing her.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-31.

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