Illinois wants more time to investigate defendants in Cahokia Mound suit

Amelia Flood Oct. 5, 2010, 10:11am


The state of Illinois has asked for more time to investigate whether two people who allegedly struck a Cahokia Mounds worker with an ATV have insurance.

The state, through the Department of Central Management Services, is suing Eric Robinson of Collinsville and Megan Wieseman of Mount Olive for more than $137,000.

The state claims that the pair injured a Department of Natural Resources officer while riding their ATV on Rattlesnake Mound Trail in June 2008.

The suit claims that while out riding, officer William Wichern noticed that the defendants were riding their ATV through a historic site.

Wichern approached Robinson who then allegedly used the ATV to hit Wichern.

The incident has cost the state more than $137,000 in worker's
compensation payments thus far.

The suit claims that Robinson drove the ATV recklessly on a walking trail and that he should not have been driving through a historic site.

The suit names Wieseman as a co-defendant, claiming that due to her relationship with Robinson, Wieseman should have been aware his driver's license was suspended and that she should not have allowed him to drive the ATV.

According to a Sept. 23 order signed by St. Clair County Circuit Judge Patrick Young, the state asked to continue a management conference in the case until Nov. 8 at 9:30 a.m.

The order appears to indicate that Robinson and Wieseman appeared at the Sept. 23 hearing on their own behalves. No attorney is listed for either defendant.

Assistant Attorney General Deborah Sterling Scott represents the state.

The case is St. Clair case number 10-L-294.

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