Alcohol blamed in Alorton accident

Kelly Holleran Jul. 6, 2010, 8:37am

A Belleville couple has filed suit against the minor son of a Belleville doctor who they claim struck their vehicle while intoxicated.

Antoine and Tiffany Parker claim Tiffany Parker was driving a Ford station wagon east on State Route 15 in Alorton on April 19, 2009, when defendant Andrew Pardo, who was driving an Infinity truck directly behind Tiffany Parker, crashed into her vehicle. At the time of the collision, Antoine Parker was riding in the vehicle with his wife, according to the complaint filed June 22 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Because of the collision, the Parkers incurred medical costs, experienced extreme mental and physical pain and suffering, lost income, became permanently disabled and disfigured and lost their former quality of life, the suit states.

They blame Andrew Pardo for causing the accident, saying he negligently drove while under the influence of alcohol, drove too fast, exceeded the speed limit, failed to observe the Parkers' vehicle and failed to keep his vehicle under control.

The Parkers also name Andrew Pardo's father, Dr. Tex Pardo, as a defendant, saying he should not have allowed his minor child to drive the vehicle late at night under the influence of alcohol.

Tex Pardo is a former Belleville internist.

"In direct violation of his duty to supervise said minor child, the defendant, Tex Pardo, inadequately monitored the child's use of the vehicle on April 19, 2009, during which time the minor child unlawfully drank alcoholic beverages and became intoxicated while in possession and control of the Infinity truck," the suit states.

Erie Insurance, another defendant in the suit, had provided insurance coverage to the Pardos at the time of the collision, but has refused to produce a declarations page for the policy because it says its insured will not consent to the production, the complaint says.

In their six-count suit, the Parkers are seeking a judgment of more than $300,000, plus costs. They also are asking the court to require Erie to respond to the request for a declarations page and to require Erie to pay for their attorney's fees.

They will be represented by Rhonda D. Fiss of Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-310.

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