Tow truck driver rear-ends Trailblazer on I-55, suit claims

Kelly Holleran Apr. 27, 2012, 5:00am


A woman has filed suit against the truck driver who she claims rear-ended her vehicle.

Carrie Maguire claims she was driving her 2003 Chevy Trailblazer south on Interstate 55 in Macoupin County on Jan. 20, 2012, when defendant Terry Milner, who was driving a vehicle for defendant CDN Logistics, rear-ended her vehicle at about 4:50 p.m.

Because of the collision, Maguire, sustained severe injuries to her head, neck, back and spine; incurred an impaired ability to enjoy life; and experienced emotional distress, according to the complaint filed April 19 in Madison County Circuit Court. In addition, she incurred medical costs, the suit states.

Milner negligently drove too fast, failed to reduce his speed to avoid a collision, failed to come to a complete stop after striking the back of Maguire's vehicle, failed to keep a careful lookout ahead, drove without adequate training and experience, failed to have his vehicle under proper control and drove while tired, among other negligent acts, the complaint says.

In fact, Maguire claims CDN should never have hired Milner to drive the vehicle because of his numerous traffic convictions and violations of federal motor carrier safety regulations.

In her six-count complaint, Maguire is seeking a judgment of more than $300,000, plus punitive damages and other relief the court deems just.

Ryan L. Bruning of Page Law in St. Louis will be representing her.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-496.

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