Plaintiff in suit over F-150 accelerator ordered to disclose expert witnesses

Christina Stueve Jan. 31, 2012, 10:29am



Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge ordered the plaintiff claiming his F-150 pickup accelerated into a tree against his will to supplement discovery and disclose identities of expert witnesses.

Mudge also said in a Jan. 27 order that all discovery conducted in the suit which was originally filed in 2007 is adopted in this re-filed action, as requested by Ford Motor Co.

The case involves Brian Williams, a motorist who blames Ford for injuries he received while driving a 2004 Ford F-150 pickup truck on Lake Road in Jersey County on Feb. 4, 2005. Williams claims that when he attempted to make a turn, his vehicle "accelerated without his foot being on the accelerator, causing him to hit a tree."

The incident occurred because the accelerator remained in the wrong position, claims the suit re-filed on Nov. 1, 2011.

Because of the incident, Williams became sick, sore, lame and disordered and lost his earning capacity, according to the complaint.

In his complaint, Williams is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000.

Ford asked for trial by jury on Dec. 6.

Douglas R. Heise filed his appearance as local counsel for Ford on Dec. 16. Michael J. Borree also entered his appearance on Dec. 6 for Ford.

Lon D. Weaver of Weaver Law Office in Bethalto represents Williams.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-1131.

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