Suit claims truck driver crossed into opposite lane on I-255

Kelly Holleran Aug. 1, 2011, 4:00am

A St. Clair County man claims he suffered discomfort after a driver struck his vehicle while traveling so fast that it caused the man's vehicle to leave the road.

Michael L. Holmon filed a lawsuit July 13 in Madison County Circuit Court against Folsom Distributing Company and Vasile Ion Cimpeanu.

In his complaint, Holmon alleges he drove on Interstate 255 when Cimpeanu, who drove a truck for Folsom, crossed from the northbound lane of the interstate to Holmon's lane. The resulting collision caused Holmon to lose control of his vehicle and to leave the interstate while traveling at highway speeds, according to the complaint.

In addition to his discomfort, Holmon incurred medical costs, suffered a back injury and sustained a disability, the suit states. He also lost his normal life, the complaint says.

Holsom blames Cimpeanu for causing the collision, saying the driver negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to drive within a single lane and failed to drive in a safe manner. In addition, Cimpeanu failed to drive below the posted speed limit and failed to reduce his speed to avoid a collision, according to the complaint.

In his two-count complaint, Holmon seeks a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

Alan G. Pirtle of Becker, Paulson, Hoerner and Thompson will be representing him.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-691.

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