Man sues two drivers for injuries suffered in separate crashes

Andrea Dearden Sep. 2, 2010, 11:26am

A St. Clair County man is suing two drivers for injuries he says he suffered in separate car crashes.

Pierce Crawford filed the complaint against Gabriel M. Reynolds and Harry B. Fanning Aug. 20 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

According to the complaint, the first alleged crash happened in May 2009 when Crawford was driving on Lincoln Highway near Joseph Drive in Fairview Heights. Reynolds allegedly failed to stop, hitting Crawford's vehicle. Crawford says he suffered injuries to his neck, shoulder and lower back.

Crawford accuses Reynolds of speeding, following too closely and failing to pay attention to other vehicles around her. He says her negligence is to blame for the crash and the injuries he suffered in the collision.

Crawford says he was involved in another crash at the intersection of 9th Street and Missouri Avenue in East St. Louis on Oct. 8, 2009. He claims a vehicle driven by Fanning turned at the intersection and hit the side of his vehicle. Crawford says he suffered additional injuries to his neck, shoulder and lower back as a result.

Crawford says Fanning was negligent for driving at an excessive speed, failing to yield to other vehicles and failing to properly use his turn signal.

Crawford is suing each of the drivers for damages of at least $50,000 plus court costs.

Thomas C. Rich is representing Crawford.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case No. 10-l-431

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