Molly English-Bowers Dec. 20, 2015, 2:01pm


A Granite City man is suing a motorist who allegedly was unable to stop her vehicle before colliding with his truck and causing him personal injury.

James L. Miller filed the suit on Dec. 4 in Madison County Circuit Court against Jenna K. Gorden of Godfrey. 

On Jan.16, the plaintiff claims he parked a commercial truck off the side of West Delmar Avenue in Godfrey so he could make a delivery to a residence. According to the suit, his vehicle was completely off the roadway, and he was standing behind it with the liftgate fully elevated.

The defendant was operating a vehicle and approached the plaintiff's parked truck from behind. She allegedly collided with the vehicle and the plaintiff, causing him multiple injuries.

Her alleged negligence included failure to keep the vehicle within its lane of traffic and under proper control, operating the vehicle on the shoulder of the road, and failure to brake and reduce speed.

Miller claims he paid for medical care for his injuries, his earning capacity has been negatively affected and he continues to suffer great physical pain, the suit says.

He seeks at least $50,000, court costs and attorney fees. He is represented by Matthew J. Marlen of Belleville. 

Madison County Circuit Court case number 15-L-1574

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