Injuries claimed in I-270 accident

Kelly Holleran Feb. 11, 2010, 6:12am

A man claims he became sick, sore, lame, disordered and disabled after a driver rear-ended him.

Cecil F. Uphold Jr. filed a lawsuit Feb. 1 in Madison County Circuit Court against Jerry Hendrickson.

Uphold claims he attempted to merge onto I-270 from Riverview Drive at exit 34 in St. Louis on Jan. 15 when Hendrickson struck the rear of his vehicle.

Because of the accident, Uphold received injuries to his neck, shoulder and back; incurred medical costs; suffered disability; and experienced pain and suffering, according to the complaint. In addition, he lost wages, the suit states.

Uphold blames Hendrickson for causing the accident, saying he failed to keep a proper lookout, drove in such a manner that he struck the rear of Uphold's vehicle, failed to properly apply his brakes, drove too fast and followed Uphold's vehicle more closely than reasonable.

Uphold seeks a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs.

Thomas C. Rich and Jennifer L. Barbieri of Fairview Heights will be representing him.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-107.

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