Pedestrian injured at World Recreation and Shooting Complex sues

Kelly Holleran Mar. 1, 2012, 10:12am

A woman has filed suit against the driver who she claims braked his vehicle, then proceeded forward and struck her as she attempted to cross a parking lot.

Betty McCoy claims she was walking on the east parking lot of the state of Illinois's World Recreation and Shooting Complex in Sparta on Aug. 8, 2010, when defendant Richard Hebron struck her with his vehicle.

"At the aforesaid time and place, the plaintiff observed the defendant's vehicle approach the area in which she was walking, and therefore stepped off the parking lot surface onto a raised divider out of the parking lot's lane of travel," the suit filed Feb. 15 in St. Clair County Circuit Court states. "The defendant brought his vehicle to a stop enabling the plaintiff to cross the parking lot. As the plaintiff was crossing the parking lot, the defendant drove his vehicle forward striking the plaintiff."

Because of the incident, McCoy sustained chest, shoulder and wrist injuries; experienced great pain and mental anguish; and incurred medical costs, according to the complaint.

Hebron negligently failed to keep his vehicle under proper control, failed to keep a proper lookout for pedestrians, drove too fast and failed to yield the right-of-way, the suit states.

In her complaint, McCoy is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs.

She will be represented by Stephen M. Kernan of Cook, Ysursa, Bartholomew, Brauer and Shevlin in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-90.

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