Horseback rider suing over collision with motorist dies

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Apr. 5, 2016, 10:28am


A man suing a motorist for hitting him while he was riding his horse has died.

Attorney Christina Sugden of Katzman & Sugden in Belleville filed a suggestion of death for plaintiff Bernard Campbell on March 29.

Campbell filed his complaint on Oct. 12 against Isaac Billups Sr.

According to the complaint, Billups was driving southbound on the Interstate Highway 255 ramp at State Street in East St. Louis on Jan. 26, 2014. At the same time, Campbell was allegedly crossing the crosswalk astride his horse when the defendant struck him.

Campbell alleged his horse died in the collision and he had been seriously injured.

Billups answered the complaint on Nov. 12 through attorney Jennifer Barbieri of Clayborne Sabo & Wagner in Belleville.

He argues that Campbell contributed to his own injuries and assumed risk of injury through his own actions. He also alleges the plaintiff negligently and carelessly failed to display an amber signal lamp on the horse he was riding and failed to keep his horse under proper control and with due care while operating the horse on a public highway.

Campbell is also accused of operating his horse while under the influence of alcohol.

Circuit Judge Vincent Lopinot scheduled a status conference for June 13 at 9 a.m.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-580

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