Loss of a normal life claimed in rear-end accident

By Kelly Holleran | Jul 23, 2009

A man claims that a woman's failure to stop at a red light resulted in his severe and permanent injuries.

Anthony J. Bach filed a lawsuit July 20 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Samantha E. Demarest.

Bach claims he was driving a 1997 Ford Ranger south on Illinois State Route 159 near its intersection with Douglas Road on Sept. 22 when he stopped at a red light.

According to the complaint, Demarest, who was driving a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am south on the same road, failed to stop and crashed into the back of Bach's car.

The complaint says Bach suffered cervicalgia, disability, loss of a normal life, pain and suffering and incurred medical expenses.

Bach blames Demarest for driving too fast, for failing to reduce her speed to avoid a collision, for failing to keep a proper lookout for other vehicles on the road, for following Bach's vehicle too closely and for failing to stop when danger was imminent.

Bach is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs.
Del A. Goldenhersh of Knapp, Ohl, Green and Marron in Edwardsville will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-382.

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