O'Fallon plaintiffs claim distracted driver caused rear-end accident

Kelly Holleran May 10, 2012, 4:11am

Three O'Fallon residents have filed suit against the driver who they claim struck a stopped vehicle after searching for an object while driving.

Anthony Davis, Raykell Davis and Tahlor Davis claim Tahlor Davis was driving a 2002 Eclipse west on Highway 50 when she stopped in traffic near its intersection with Whitehall Drive in O'Fallon on April 28, 2010.

At the same time, defendant Eric Burns, who was driving a 1998 Eclipse west on the same road, looked down in his vehicle. When he looked up, he noticed the stopped traffic in front of him, but could not brake in time, according to the complaint filed April 27 in St. Clair County Circuit Court. In fact, Burns struck the Davis Eclipse so hard that the driver and passenger seat tracks broke, the suit states.

At the time of the collision, Anthony Davis was riding as a passenger in the vehicle, the complaint says. Because of the accident, Anthony Davis sustained severe injuries to his neck, back and shoulder; experienced pain and suffering, lost wages, incurred medical costs, endured disability and lost his enjoyment of life, the complaint says.

Raykell Davis, who was married to Anthony Davis at the time of the collision, claims she lost her husband's care, comfort, society, support and consortium.

Tahlor Davis sustained neck and back injuries during the accident, according to the complaint.

Michael L. McGlynn of Belleville will be representing them.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-218.

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