A St. Clair County pedestrian filed suit against a man for allegedly striking him while attempting to back into a parking space.

Speed Allen Jr. filed a lawsuit on April 30 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against John Zimmerman, alleging vehicular negligence in a November 2014 accident.

According to complaint, Allen was walking in a southbound direction in the parking lot of City Hall in Fairview Heights on or about Nov. 19, 2014, when Zimmerman, operating a motor vehicle northbound in the same lot, struck the plaintiff while attempting to back his vehicle into a vacant parking space.

Arguing that the defendant was guilty of negligent acts or omissions and owed a duty to exercise reasonable care for the pedestrian’s safety, the suit alleges Zimmerman failed to maintain a proper lookout; changed the direction of his automobile unsafely and failed to stop, slow down, swerve or otherwise avoid an accident.

Alleging physical injuries, medical costs, loss of a normal life and permanent disability, Allen seeks damages in excess of $50,000, plus attorneys’ fees and costs.

The plaintiff is represented by B. Jay Dowling of The Law Offices of Sterling and Dowling in Fairview Heights

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-258

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