Trial to begin in Matoesian's court over 2009 car accident

Christina Stueve Jan. 17, 2012, 11:28pm


A trial is expected to start today in Madison County Circuit Judge Andreas Matoesian's courtroom over a 2009 car accident.

Plaintiff David Lay claims a driver who made a U-turn is responsible for the accident that happened in Edwardsville on May 14, 2009.

Lay was driving a 1994 Dodge Grand Caravan east on West Gateway Commerce Center Drive when defendant John H. Norman, who was driving a 1997 New Flyer west on the same road for co-defendant Agency, attempted a U-turn into the eastbound lane, causing Lay to strike him, his suit claims.

Because of the accident, Lay became sick; suffered pain and injuries to his chest, neck, head, shoulders, arms, knees, wrists and elbows, incurred medical costs and sustained internal derangement of the injured members of his body. In addition, he has been prevented from attending to his usual daily activities, the suit states.

Norman negligently failed to keep his vehicle under control, failed to see Lay's vehicle, failed to reduce his speed to avoid a collision, failed to yield the right-of-way and made a U-turn when it was not safe to do so, the complaint says.

Lay seeks a judgment of more than $50,000.

Richard G. Reed of Reed and Bruhn in Belleville represents him.

Donald Ohl represents the defendants.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-320.

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