Cahokia accident leads to personal injury claim

Kelly Holleran May 10, 2012, 4:21am

Three East St. Louis residents allege they sustained injuries after a driver rear-ended their vehicle.

Gary Davidson and Arlexia Flowers filed a lawsuit April 27 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Leonard F. Roberts and Terri A. Roberts.

In their complaint, Davidson and Flowers allege they and minor Angela Davidson were riding in a vehicle heading north on or near Camp Jackson Road on the ramp leading to North Water Street in Cahokia on Dec. 1, 2010, when Leonard Roberts rear-ended the vehicle.

In addition to their injuries, the plaintiffs endured pain and suffering, experienced disability, lost their normal lives and incurred medical costs because of the accident, according to the complaint.

They blame Leonard Roberts for causing the collision, saying he negligently drove too fast, allowed the vehicle to skid uncontrollably, failed to warn of his impending approach, failed to reduce his speed to avoid a collision and failed to inspect the vehicle for defects, among other negligent acts.

Terri A. Roberts is also named as a defendant because she negligently allowed Leonard Roberts to drive her vehicle, failed to inspect her vehicle for defects and failed to verify that the vehicle was free of defective conditions, the suit states.

In their two-count complaint, the plaintiffs seek an unspecified judgment in excess of the minimum jurisdictional limits of Jefferson County District Court, plus costs.

Cannon D. Lambert of Karchmar and Lambert in Chicago will be representing them.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-219.

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