I-64 accident near Caseyville is subject of suit

Kelly Holleran May 24, 2010, 6:47am

Three people claim they sustained various injuries after a driver allegedly rear-ended them on the interstate.

Norma Avery, Frank Avery and Julia Whitney filed a lawsuit May 10 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against William D. Lane and Danny R. Dennis.

The plaintiffs claim Norma Avery drove east on Interstate 64 near milepost 9 in Caseyville on March 9 when the incident occurred. At the time of the collision, Frank Avery and Whitney rode as passengers, according to the complaint.

Suddenly, a vehicle driven by Lane struck rear of the automobile Norma Avery drove, the suit states. At the time of the accident, Lane worked for Dennis.

Because of the incident, the plaintiffs sustained injuries to their necks, shoulders and low backs; became sick, sore, lame, disordered and disabled; incurred medical costs; suffered disability; experienced pain and suffering; and lost wages, the complaint says.

The plaintiffs blame Lane for causing the collision, saying he negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, drove in such a manner that he struck the rear of the vehicle in which they rode, failed to properly apply his brakes, drove too fast and followed their vehicle too closely.

In their six-count complaint, the plaintiffs seek a judgment of more than $300,000, plus costs.

Thomas C. Rich and Kristina D. Cooksey of Fairview Heights will be representing them.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-233.

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