Motorcyclist sues over Route 177 accident

Kelly Holleran Oct. 10, 2012, 9:00am

A man claims he broke several bones after a driver struck the motorcycle on which he was riding.

Steven Thomas filed a lawsuit Sept. 4 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Mark Williams.

In his complaint, Thomas alleges he drove a Harley Davidson east on Illinois Route 177 near its intersection with Keck Road on Aug. 17 when Williams, who drove west on the same road, crossed the center lane and struck Thomas's vehicle.

Because of the collision, Thomas suffered a broken nose, broken clavicle, broken ribs, a collapsed lung, a lacerated liver, a brain injury and facial scars and lost large amounts of money because of his inability to pursue a gainful occupation, according to the complaint. He also incurred medical costs, the suit states.

In his complaint, Thomas blames Williams for causing the collision, saying he negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to drive at a safe speed, failed to keep his vehicle under proper control and failed to stay in the proper lane of traffic.

Thomas is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs.

Bruce R. Cook of Cook, Ysursa, Bartholomew, Brauer and Shevlin in Belleville will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-457.

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