Pickup truck driver claims disability after Carlyle Avenue accident

Kelly Holleran Jul. 17, 2012, 5:24am


An Illinois man claims he experienced disability after a truck driver struck his vehicle.

Minus and Rosalind Morris claim Minus Morris was driving a Dodge Ram pickup truck east on Carlyle Avenue in Belleville on March 11, 2011, when defendant Joanna James, who was driving a truck for defendant National Express Corporation doing business as Durham School Services, struck their vehicle.

Because of the collision, Minus Morris was made sick, sore, lame, disordered and disabled; sustained shoulder, knee, hand, spine, head and brain injuries; incurred medical costs; and suffered disability, according to the complaint. They also lost their normal life, experienced pain and suffering and lost money, the suit states.

His wife, Rosalind Morris, lost her husband's consortium, the complaint says.

Durham negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, followed the Morrises' vehicle too closely, drove too fast, failed to keep her vehicle under proper control, failed to stop or swerve in order to avoid a collision and failed to reduce her speed to avoid an accident, the complaint says.

In their four-count complaint, the Morrises are seeking a judgment of more than $200,000, plus costs.

They will be represented by David C. Nelson of Nelson and Nelson in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-328.

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