Man claims intoxicated driver struck side of vehicle

By Kelly Holleran | Dec 13, 2013

A man says he suffered neck, shoulder and low back injuries after an allegedly intoxicated driver struck the side of his vehicle.

Michael Huntsman filed a lawsuit Dec. 5 in Madison County Circuit Court against James Rogers and Debra Fish.

In his complaint, Huntsman alleges he drove west on Culp Lane at its intersection with Greenbrier Lane in Madison County on Sept. 22, 2013, when Rogers, who drove east on the same road, struck the side of Huntsman’s vehicle.

In addition to his injuries, Hunstman became sick, sore, lame, disordered and disabled; incurred medical costs; and suffered disabilities because of the collision, according to the complaint. He also experienced pain and suffering and lost wages, the suit states.

Huntsman blames Rogers for causing the collision, saying he negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to properly apply his brakes, drove too fast, failed to drive within a single lane and drove while intoxicated.

In addition to Rogers, Huntsman names Fish as a defendant, saying she negligently allowed Rogers to drive her vehicle while he was intoxicated.

In his complaint, Huntsman seeks a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs.

Thomas C. Rich, Kristina D. Cooksey and Michelle M. Rich of Fairview Heights will be representing him.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 13-L-2029.

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