Kelly Holleran Nov. 1, 2013, 10:54am

A Millstadt man claims he sustained severe and permanent injuries after a driver failed to yield the right-of-way and struck his vehicle.

Dustin Blackwell filed a lawsuit Sept. 25 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against James D. Weiss and James D. Weiss Jr.

In his complaint, Blackwell alleges he was driving a 2006 Pontiac north on Floraville Road in Millstadt on June 5 at about 5:20 a.m. when defendant James D. Weiss, who was driving a 1997 Aurora Oldsmobile south on the same road, drove into Blackwell’s lane and caused a “violent collision” with the front of the Pontiac.

Because of the collision, Blackwell suffered severe and permanent injuries to his neck, back, left forearm, left thigh and body and endured great pain and mental anguish, according to the complaint. He also was hindered from attending to his usual duties, incurred medical costs and lost earnings, the suit states.

James D. Weiss negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to keep the vehicle under proper control, failed to stop before colliding with Blackwell’s vehicle, failed to keep his vehicle in the correct lane, failed to apply the brakes of the Oldsmobile to avoid a collision and drove into Blackwell’s lane, the complaint says.

In addition to James Weiss, Blackwell names James D. Weiss Jr. as a defendant, saying he negligently entrusted his vehicle to James Weiss.

In his complaint, Blackwell is seeking a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs.

Ronald S. Motil of Beatty, Motil and Jones in Glen Carbon will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 13-L-493.

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