A New Jersey corporation claims it incurred repair costs of more than $100,000 when an allegedly intoxicated driver struck its truck head on.
Celadon Trucking Services filed a lawsuit Nov. 9 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Deja Vu Showgirls in Washington Park doing business as Larry Flynt's Hustler Club.
In its complaint, Celadon alleges one of its drivers was traveling west in the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 near mile 36 in Clinton County on Nov. 17, 2010, when he was struck head-on by an allegedly intoxicated driver.
According to the complaint, Robert Wayne Casares had been drinking at Larry Flynt's Hustler Club before he left the bar and began driving east in a westbound lane of Interstate 64.
"Shortly thereafter, and as a result of his intoxication, Casares's vehicle, while still traveling eastbound in the westbound lane, collided with a Celadon tractor/trailer traveling westbound in the westbound lane of Interstate 64 at or near mile 36 in Clinton County," the suit states.
Because of the collision, Celadon incurred property and other incidental costs of more than $132,000, the complaint says.
In its complaint, Celadon seeks a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.
Christopher P. Leritz and Kelly T. Kirkbride of Leritz, Plunkert and Bruning in St. Louis will be representing it.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-633.