Carol Ostrow Jul. 23, 2015, 12:36pm


A Belleville towing company is suing a woman’s estate following a fatal accident in Christian County, accusing the deceased woman of crossing the center line and causing damages to a tow truck.

All Cities Recovery Agency Inc. of Belleville filed a lawsuit on June 24 in St. Clair County Circuit Court, naming representative Gregory Skinner as defendant for the estate of Ashley Kraemer Tapperson in an action to recover property damages allegedly sustained in the 2010 highway collision.

According to the filing, on June 29, 2010, a tow truck owned by All Cites Recovery and driven by Michael W. Solice was traveling south on state Route 48 near West First Street in Ricks Township when Tapperson, driving a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am GT, crossed the center line and collided with the plaintiff’s vehicle.

The suit accuses the defendant with failing to control her automobile, keep a proper lookout for traffic, slow down, stop and swerve to avoid the accident, drive with adequate brakes and yield the right of way. The lawsuit also alleges Tapperson was driving while under the influence of alcohol.

The lawsuit states that as a direct and proximate result of the defendant’s wrongful acts or omissions, the plaintiff sustained property damage including the loss of use of the truck and related costs.

All Cities Recovery Agency seeks more than $75,000, plus attorney fees and costs. The company is represented by attorney John E. Lee IV of AuBuchon & Lee in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-369

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