Man claims his vehicle rear-ended outside Scott AFB gate

Kelly Holleran Apr. 26, 2010, 6:13am

A man claims he was rear-ended while waiting to enter Scott AFB, according to a complaint filed April 14 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Chad and Abigail Justice claim Chad Justice was stopped at the gate of Scott Air Force Base located on Mascoutah Street near its intersection with Illinois State Route 161 in Mascoutah on July 29 when defendant Samuel Lewis, who was driving a vehicle for co-defendant Aspen Waste Systems of Missouri, struck the back of Chad Justice's vehicle.

Because of the accident, Chad Justice sustained great pain and mental anguish; suffered permanent and disabling injuries to his head, neck, back, upper extremities and body; lost large sums of money because of his inability to pursue a normal occupation; and incurred medical costs, the suit states.

In addition, Abigail Justice claims she has lost her husband's consortium.

Lewis negligently failed to stop, drove too fast, failed to keep a proper lookout and failed to keep his vehicle under proper control, the suit states.

Aspen Waste Systems of Missouri negligently failed to adequately train and instruct its drivers on the safe operation of a vehicle, the complaint says.

In their four-count complaint, the Justices are seeking a judgment of more than $200,000, plus costs.

They will be represented by Mary Mansfield Brauer of Cook, Ysursa, Bartholomew, Brauer and Shevlin in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-177.

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