BELLEVILLE — An Alton motorist is suing a truck driver and a Missouri building materials supplier, alleging the driver rear-ended her while she was stopped on the shoulder of an exit ramp to allow an ambulance to pass.

Christina Argyropoulos filed a complaint on May 4 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Venture Group Investments Inc., doing business as Arrowhead Building, and driver Richard Hinojosa, alleging the defendants failed to exercise care in operating and managing their vehicle to avoid injuring others.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on May 4, 2015, while driving southbound on the exit ramp of Route 157 toward St. Clair Avenue, she pulled to the shoulder of the exit ramp to allow an oncoming ambulance to pass. She claims that while her vehicle was at a complete stop on the shoulder of the road, her vehicle was struck in the rear by the defendant's vehicle. 

As a result, Argyropoulos claims she suffered physical injuries and loss of enjoyment of life and incurred medical expenses. 

The plaintiff alleges Hinojosa failed to reduce speed to avoid an accident and failed to keep a proper lookout.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory damages in an amount in excess of $50,000, pre-judgment interest, attorney fees, costs and any other such relief as the court deems appropriate and just. 

She is represented by Michael R. Wesley of The Law Office of Michael R. Wesley LLC in Wood River.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-244

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