An Illinois mother is suing a Missouri driver and his employer for injuries allegedly received by her unborn son.

Dovie Boswell filed a lawsuit Feb. 6 in St. Clair County Circuit Court, against Michael Miles of St. Louis and Gibco Motor Express, through registered agent Crystal Wildeman, of Evansville, Ind., alleging negligence in the premature birth and health of her son.

According to the complaint, on Feb. 8, 2013, Miles was operating a tractor-trailer belonging to Gibco when it rolled and dumped coal onto Interstate Highway 55/70 in Illinois, and the spill blinded a vehicle which, in turn, struck the plaintiff’s auto.

The suit states Boswell gave birth to Devin Young prematurely and Young suffered permanent and disabling injuries as a result of the accident, including severe injuries to his body, impaired pulmonary functioning and emotional injuries.

The plaintiff accuses Miles of negligence, and Gibco with various counts of liability in failure to oversee its staff, equipment and procedures. Boswell alleges disability, distress and loss of enjoyment of life for her son.

Boswell seeks punitive damages and compensation for anticipated medical expenses, attorney fees and costs.

She is represented by attorney Patrick Hinrichs of The Bradley Law Firm in St. Louis.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 15-L-59.

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