Truck driver caused rear-end accident, suit claims

Kelly Holleran Mar. 30, 2010, 9:25am

The husband of a disabled woman blames a truck driver for causing his wife to end up in a coma after a rear-end collision.

Gary Craig, personal representative of his wife, Alesia M. Craig, filed a lawsuit March 19 in Madison County Circuit Court against Golden Eagle Spotting Company, Aaron M. Cope, HUB Group and HUB City Terminals.

Gary Craig claims Alesia M. Craig drove her vehicle west on Interstate Highway 70 near its intersection with Missouri Highway 180 on April 11, 2008, at about 7:25 a.m. when Cope, who drove Golden Eagle's tractor-trailer truck in the same direction, struck the rear of her vehicle.

Because of the collision, Alesia M. Craig sustained serious, permanent and painful injuries to her head, neck and back; suffered a traumatic brain injury and has been in a coma since the accident; incurred medical costs for round-the-clock nursing care in excess of $600,000; and has been unable to work resulting in lost income of about $50,000, the suit states. In addition, she will continue to lose income at the rate of $25,000 per year, the complaint says.

In addition, because of his wife's injuries, Gary Craig has incurred substantial medical costs and lost his wife's love, companionship, care, consortium, comfort and support, the suit states.

Gary Craig blames Cope for causing the accident, saying he failed to keep a proper lookout, followed Alesia M. Craig's vehicle too closely, failed to stop or slow down when he knew a collision would occur and drove too fast.

In his 10-count complaint, Gary Craig seeks a judgment of more than $750,000, plus costs.

Thomas Q. Keefe Jr. of Belleville and Richard L. Hughes and David G. Hughes of Mogab and Hughes Attorneys in St. Louis will be representing him.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-312.

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