A man has filed suit against the driver who he says rear-ended the vehicle in which he was riding more than six years ago.

Thomas Obremski claims he was a passenger in a vehicle traveling east on the exit ramp to Route 3 from Interstate 270 on Dec. 24, 2002, when Oliver Fultz struck the vehicle in which he was riding. Since the accident, Obremski has turned 18.

Because of the collision, Obremski sustained severe and permanent injuries, suffered pain and mental anguish, incurred medical costs and experienced an impaired earning capacity, according to the complaint filed Aug. 17 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Fultz negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, drove too fast, drove too closely to the vehicle in which Obremski was riding, failed to reduce his speed to avoid a collision and failed to reduce his speed due to weather conditions, the suit states.

Obremski is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs.

He will be represented by Brian M. Wendler of Wendler Law in Edwardsville and by Jonathan Isbell of the Law Office of Jonathan Isbell.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-846.

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