Driver accused of rear-ending motorcycle in Belleville

By Kelly Holleran | Jun 29, 2012


A motorcyclist has filed suit against the driver who he claims rear-ended his vehicle.

Ray Spindler claims he was driving east on Main Street near its intersection with 70th Avenue in Belleville on June 17, 2010, when defendant Mariah Barnes, who was driving in the same direction, struck the back of his vehicle.

Because of the collision, Spindler suffered injuries, according to the complaint filed June 11 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Barnes negligently drove too closely to Spindler's vehicle, failed to keep a proper lookout, drove too fast, failed to reduce her speed to avoid a collision, failed to stop or slow down to avoid a collision and rear-ended another vehicle, the suit states.

In addition to Barnes, Spindler names Leslie Williams as a defendant.

Barnes was driving Williams's vehicle at the time of the collision, the complaint says. Therefore, Williams is liable for any injuries Spindler sustained.

In his two-count complaint, Spindler is seeking a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs.

He will be represented by Gregory Szul of Greg Tuite and Associates in Rockford.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-316.

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