Motorist accused of falling asleep and hitting ambulance denies allegations

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | May 26, 2015


A driver accused of falling asleep at the wheel and injuring a man being transported by ambulance denies the allegations and seeks to compel the plaintiff to answer his interrogatories regarding the patient’s medical history and conversations.

Lou Grubbs filed a lawsuit against Travis Chartrand on Feb. 3, claiming he suffered neck, shoulder, back and chest injuries when the defendant fell asleep and struck the rear of the ambulance he was riding in.

The collision occurred on July 27, 2013, on I-255 near the 11 mile marker, the suit states.

According to the complaint, the ambulance struck the guardrail on the right side of the highway with the front passenger side of the vehicle before coming to rest on the left shoulder.

Chartrand answered the complaint on Feb 23, denying the allegations against him. He also filed interrogatories and a request for production on Feb. 20.

Grubbs objected to the interrogatories and request for production on March 13, calling them “too broad and not limited in scope and time.” He also claims some of the interrogatories are protected by the attorney/client privilege and work product doctrine.

In response, the defendant filed a motion to compel on April 22.

Circuit Judge Vincent Lopinot scheduled a status conference for July 13 at 9 a.m.

Grubbs seeks in excess of $50,000 in damages.

The plaintiff is represented by Jeffrey Kopis of Belleville.

The defendant is represented by Dale L. Bode of Walker and Williams in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-55

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