Molly English-Bowers May 6, 2016, 4:35pm


BENTON – A Breese man is suing over injuries he allegedly received when his vehicle was hit by a tractor-trailer truck. He is citing negligence.

David Boeschen filed the suit April 25 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois against Butler Transport and Hugh Roper.

On April 13, 2015, the plaintiff was driving northbound on Interstate 255 in St. Clair County, the suit says. The plaintiff was severely injured when a truck owned by defendant Butler and being driven by defendant Roper collided with his vehicle, according to the complaint.

The alleged negligence on the part of both defendants includes the driver's inattention to the roadway, failure to stop and control the vehicle, speeding, failing to keep a lookout and, specific to defendant Butler, failure to train its driver in the safe operation of commercial vehicles.

The injuries to the plaintiff include to his neck, back and right knee, and those injuries are permanent and disabling, according to the suit, which says he also has continuing medical expenses.

In addition to a trial by jury, the plaintiff seeks damages from both defendants in excess of $75,000 and other relief the court may deem just and equitable. He is represented by Joseph R. Hillebrand of Brown & Crouppen PC in St. Louis.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois Case number 16-cv-455

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