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Pedestrian alleges minivan driver caused crash that led to injuries

By Carol Ostrow | Jul 9, 2015

A pedestrian is suing a Randolph County motorist, alleging negligence in an automobile accident that he says caused permanent damages.

William Dawson filed a lawsuit June 26 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Destiny Hesse, alleging vehicular negligence in a May collision that allegedly resulted in multiple physical injuries to the plaintiff.

According to the filing, on May 10, Hesse breached her duty of ordinary care when she drove her 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan into a stopped vehicle, which then struck Dawson as he stood on the shoulder of the roadway near 1376 Witer Road in the village of Lenzburg. The accident caused injuries to Dawson's right leg, internal organs and other body parts, the suit says.

The lawsuit states that Hesse negligently operated her vehicle unsafely, drove at too high of a speed for the conditions, and failed to reduce her speed, keep a proper lookout, pay proper attention to traffic and pedestrians, keep her vehicle in a single lane of traffic, sound her horn or swerve to avoid hitting Dawson.

The plaintiff alleges severe pain and anguish, permanent disability, loss of a normal life, property damage, and liability for medical bills.

Dawson seeks damages in excess of $50,000, plus attorney fees and costs. He is represented by attorney Steven Katzman of Katzman & Sugden in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-373.

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