Motorcyclist claims driver on cell phone rear-ended him

Kelly Holleran Aug. 13, 2010, 6:10am

A motorcyclist claims he sustained permanent disability after a driver rear-ended him while she talked on the cell phone.

Dean E. Impastato filed a lawsuit July 20 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Amber N. Rahlfs.

Impastato claims he drove a motorcycle east on Illinois Route 13 in Marissa and stopped at the intersection of Illinois Route 13 and Illinois Route 4 when Rahlfs, who drove behind Impastato, struck the rear of his vehicle.

Because of the accident, Impastato suffered pain and permanent disability and incurred medical costs, according to the complaint.

Impastato blames Rahlfs for causing the accident, saying Rahlfs negligently drove too close to his motorcycle, failed to keep a proper lookout ahead, drove while talking on her cell phone and failed to stop or slow down to avoid a collision.

In his complaint, Impastato is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs.

Brad L. Badgley of Belleville will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-369.

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