American Family and passengers sue over Goose Lake Road accident

Kelly Holleran Oct. 17, 2011, 5:44am


An insurance company and four people have filed suit against the driver who they claim failed to yield, causing a collision.

Ashley and Altha Bruce claim they were riding in a 2002 Pontiac, owned by plaintiffs Dicey and Alfonso Bruce, when the incident occurred as they traveled on Goose Lake Road near Sauget Industrial Parkway on Oct. 10, 2009.

Although they do not specify how the collision occurred, the Bruces do say defendant Bianca Gatson negligently failed to yield, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to reduce her speed to avoid the collision and improperly used the road, causing the collision.

Because of the accident, Dicey and Alfonso Bruce incurred property costs of $5,212, according to the complaint filed Oct. 7 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Ashley and Altha Bruce sustained injuries to their heads, necks, backs, shoulders, arms and legs and lost income. In addition, they have each incurred medical costs of more than $50,000, the suit states.

American Family Insurance Group is also named as a plaintiff in the suit as subrogee for Mary Orr. It claims Orr, who was also riding in the Bruce vehicle at the time of the collision, sustained neck, back, shoulder, arms and leg injuries; lost income; and incurred medical costs of more than $50,000.

In their four-count suit, the plaintiffs seek compensatory damages of $5,212 and a judgment of more than $150,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

They will be represented by Ronald Robinson of Evans and Dixon in St. Louis.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-572.

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