Cahokia accident is subject of suit

Andrea Dearden Dec. 15, 2010, 11:17am

A St. Clair County man is suing the two drivers he claims caused a crash on a Cahokia highway.

Matthew White filed the lawsuit Nov. 19 against Lester Black and Judy Matecki in St. Clair County Circuit Court. White says both Black and Matecki are responsible for a chain-reaction crash that caused injuries to his back, neck and shoulders.

White says he was a passenger in a car driving west on Highway 157 on Sept. 16. Near the intersection of Falling Springs Road, White says Black crashed into the back of a vehicle driven by Matecki. The force of the collision allegedly caused Matecki's car to crash into the back of the vehicle in which White was a passenger.

White contends Black and Matecki were negligent for failing avoid the crash. He is asking both to pay at least $50,000 to compensate for medical expenses, disability and lost wages.

Attorneys Thomas C. Rich and Kristina D. Cooksey are representing White.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case no. 10-L-608

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