Ann Maher Jul. 26, 2016, 9:29am


Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth has dismissed with prejudice the first major civil case filed in 2016.

Juan C. Stepney had filed suit Jan. 4 over the injuries he allegedly suffered when the tire of a tractor-trailer became loose and hit his vehicle.

Stepney, represented by B. Jay Dowling of Sterling and Dowling PC in Belleville, had sought in excess of $50,000 in damages from William D. Bergschneider, also known as Doug Bergschneider, individually and doing business as Doug Bergschneider Trucking, and Ralph F. Steward.

Stepney's suit claimed that on Jan. 14, 2014, he was driving his vehicle northbound on U.S. Interstate 255 in Collinsville, when a tire flew off the truck owned by Bergschneider and operated by Steward in a southbound lane.

Dowling had filed a motion to dismiss on June 24. Ruth entered an order granting the motion the same day.

Defense counsel had not been entered in the case, according to the docket.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-L-1

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