A man has filed suit against the driver he claims backed into him while he was standing in a parking lot.

Richard L. James filed suit June 3 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Christine Trodglen.

According to the complaint, the defendant placed her 2007 Toyota Camry in reverse in a parking lot in Belleville on June 25, 2012, when she drove over James’s right foot.

As a result of the incident, James suffered severe and disabling injuries to his foot, suffered great pain and mental anguish and lost wages, according to the complaint. He also suffered disability and disfigurement and incurred medical costs, the suit states.

Trodglen negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, backed her vehicle when it was not safe to do so, drove too fast and failed to reduce her speed to avoid an accident, the complaint says.

James is seeking a judgment of more than $15,000, plus costs. He is being represented by Gregory M. Skinner of Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 14-L-454.

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