Motorcycle passenger claims Poplar Street Bridge injuries

Kelly Holleran Aug. 14, 2012, 2:32am

A Missouri contractor allegedly failed to erect signs warning of work on a bridge, causing a motorcycle driver to strike a hole in the road and to sustain life-threatening injuries.

Crystal and Gary Webb filed a lawsuit July 20 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against R.V. Wagner.

The Webbs claim Gary Webb was driving on the Poplar Street Bridge on April 5, 2011, when his motorcycle struck a hole in the bridge, which was being repaired by R.V. Wagner. Because of the accident, Crystal Webb, who was riding on the back of the vehicle, sustained life-threatening injuries, according to the complaint.

"The defendant was responsible for the safety and efficiency of traffic flow and control to the public and on April 5, 2011, the defendant was negligent in its duty to plaintiff in that it failed to put up barricades, warning signs, or other devices to warn motorists that work in progress on the bridge," the suit states.

Because of the collision, Crystal and Gary Webb sustained substantial injuries to their heads, necks and upper and lower extremities, the complaint says.

In their complaint, the Webbs seek a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs.

Charles H. Stegmeyer of Stegmeyer and Stegmeyer in Belleville will be representing them.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-371.

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