Auto accident lawsuit settles days before trial in Madison County

Christina Stueve Hodges Sep. 14, 2012, 4:57am


An Illinois man's 2008 lawsuit against a driver who injured him in an accident settled his case Sept. 8 for $15,000.

A trial had been scheduled to start Sept. 10 in Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge's courtroom in the suit against Albert Picchioldi, the driver of a Madison County Transit vehicle.

Plaintiff Howard D. Trunnell was northbound on Nameoki Road near the intersection of Pontoon Road in Granity City on April 23, 2007, when he was involved in an accident with two vehicles.

Picchioldi drove a Madison County Transit vehicle, which collided with a vehicle driven by defendant Kenneth D. Carr, owned by Laidlaw Transit. Carr's vehicle then collided with the vehicle driven by Trunnell.

Mudge ordered the defendants to issue settlement checks to the plaintiff.

On Feb. 13, 2011, defendants Laidlaw and Kenneth Carr reached a settlement agreement with Trunnell for $3,000, according to an order signed by Mudge.

In the original lawsuit, Trunnell blamed Picchioldi for failing to keep a proper lookout, failing to reduce his speed, failing to maintain a vehicle with proper equipment, including brakes and driving at an unsafe speed.

Trunnell blamed defendants Carr and Laidlaw Transit for failing to keep a proper lookout, failing to reduce speed, and permitting the braking system to exist in a state of disrepair.

Rodney D. Caffey of the Caffey Law Group in Alton was the plaintiff's attorney.

Donald J. Ohl of Knapp, Ohl & Green represented the defense.

Madison County Case number 08-L-988.

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