Plaintiff claims his pants were set on fire while he slept

By Kelly Holleran | Mar 29, 2010

A plaintiff in a Madison County personal injury suit blames the owners of a Godfrey home for allowing their son to serve him alcoholic beverages when he was a minor, then permitting their son to set his pants on fire while he slept.

Jon Jeremy Wicker filed a lawsuit March 18 in Madison County Circuit Court against Joseph Hornsey Sr., Marcela Hornsey and Joseph Hornsey Jr.

Wicker claims he visited the Hornseys' home at 4900 Michael Dr. on Aug. 31, 2008. At the time of his visit, Wicker had not yet reached 21 years of age, according to the complaint. However, Jospeh Hornsey Jr. served alcoholic beverages to Wicker, the suit states.

Later that night, after Wicker fell asleep on the family's premises, Joseph Hornsey Jr. set Wicker's pants on fire and failed to wake Wicker after doing so, the complaint says.

As a result, Wicker claims he suffered permanent injuries, incurred medical costs, lost wages and experienced disability and disfigurement.

He blames the Hornseys for negligently for failing to exercise ordinary care for his personal safety, for failing to warn of Joseph Hornsey Jr.'s conduct, for allowing Joseph Hornsey Jr.'s to engage in pranks and horseplay and for permitting alcoholic consumption of a minor under 21 years of age.

In his three-count complaint, Wicker seeks a judgment of more than $150,000, plus costs.

G. Edward Moorman of Alton will be representing him.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-310.

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