A man claims his face was permanently scarred after another man hit the side of his vehicle, causing him to strike a tree.

Michael J. Marler filed suit March 18 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Brian A Kessler, alleging Kessler was responsible for the April 13, 2007, collision.

Marler says he was attempting to make a left turn onto Old Freeburg Road from his driveway in Freeburg when Kessler, who was driving his 1987 pickup truck north on Old Freeburg Road, sideswiped him.

In addition to facial scarring, Marler sustained property damage, bruising to his stomach and arm and injuries to his orthopedic, neurologic and muscular systems and experienced a loss of income, according to the complaint.

He also incurred medical expenses, the suit states.

Kessler was negligent by failing to keep his vehicle under proper control, by failing to keep a proper lookout for other vehicles, by failing to stop or swerve to avoid a collision and by failing to yield the right-of-way to Marler, the complaint says.

Marler is seeking unspecified damages, plus attorneys' fees and costs.

Michael L. McGlynn of McGlynn and McGlynn in Belleville will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0150.L

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