Circuit Judge David
Hylla was named a defendant in a woman's lawsuit accusing a probation officer
of causing a collision. Hylla is named for having authority over the Madison
County court system, including the Illinois Probation and Court Services
Lauren W. Kempfer filed a lawsuit June 1 in Madison County Circuit Court
against Nichole E. Deppe, Circuit Judge David Hylla and Madison County,
claiming three counts of negligence in a June 2014 motor vehicle accident.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff was driving her 2012 Chevrolet Cruze
on Illinois Route 159 in the right lane near an exit ramp from Interstate 55/70
in Collinsville Township on or about June 3, 2014. At the same time, Deppe, a
probation officer for Hylla, was operating a 2006 Chevrolet Impala north on
55/70 in the scope of her employment, the suit states.
Kempfer claims Deppe exited the interstate to merge onto Route 159 south and
struck the passenger side of her vehicle. The plaintiff claims the defendant
owed her a duty of reasonable care in the operation of her vehicle. Kempfer accuses
Deppe of failing to keep a proper lookout, control her vehicle and reduce her
Kempfer claims she suffered physical injuries, mental anguish and medical
negligence against all defendants, arguing that Hylla “had a general
administrative and supervisory authority over the Madison County, Illinois
Probation and Court Services Department.”
Kempfer named Hyllla
a defendant because he was an employer of the probation officer, meaning Deppe
was acting as an agent or employee of Hylla.
Through his agent,
Hylla is accused of failing to reduce speed to avoid a collision, failing to
keep the vehicle under control, failing to keep a proper lookout and driving
the vehicle at a speed that was too fast for conditions.
Madison County is
named a defendant because Deppe was a Madison County agent and employee.
Kempfer seeks damages in excess of $50,000 from each defendant, plus attorney’s
fees and costs.
She is represented
by J. Robert Edmonds of Edmonds Law Office in Edwardsville.
Madison County Circuit Court case number 15-L-699.