I-270 accident is subject of suit

Kelly Holleran Mar. 31, 2010, 5:21am

Three people claim they became sick, sore, lame, disordered and disabled after a driver allowed his vehicle to cross the median and hit the vehicle in which they rode.

James W. Doty Jr., Rebecca L. Doty and James W. Doty Sr. filed a lawsuit March 23 in Madison County Circuit Court against Christopher Endsley.

James W. Doty Sr. claims he drove east on Interstate 270 at mile post 9.23 in Glen Carbon on March 16 at about 4:15 p.m. At the same time, his children, minors James W. Doty Jr. and Rebecca L. Doty, rode as passengers in his vehicle.

Suddenly, Endsley, who drove west on the interstate, failed to keep his vehicle under control, allowed it to cross the median, hit the vehicle in which the Dotys were riding and caused a head-on collision, according to the complaint.

Because of the collision, James W. Doty Jr. sustained extensive injuries to his head, body, limbs and back while Rebecca L. Doty suffered injuries to her leg and head. In addition, all defendants incurred medical costs, and James W. Doty Jr. and Rebecca L. Doty suffered disability and experienced pain and suffering, the suit states.

The plaintiffs blame Endsley for causing the collision, saying he failed to keep a proper lookout, drove in such a manner that he struck their vehicle, failed to properly apply his brakes, drove too fast, failed to drive within the right-hand lane, drove on the wrong side of the road and drove without adequate brakes.

In the four-count suit, the Dotys seek a judgment in excess of more than $200,000, plus costs.

John H. Hustava of Collinsville will be representing them.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-329.

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