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Mudge dismisses motorcyclist’s suit against driver after being beckoned onto roadway

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Dec 8, 2015

Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge granted voluntary dismissal in a motorcyclist’s suit alleging he was struck after a motorist beckoned him onto the roadway.

Plaintiff Michael Meyer filed a motion for voluntary dismissal with prejudice on Oct. 21 through attorney Zane Cagle of The Cagle Law Firm in St. Louis.

Mudge granted dismissal on Oct. 28.

Meyer filed his lawsuit on July 2 against Annette Tennant.

According to the complaint, Meyer claims he was stopped on his motorcycle on Beltline at the entrance to a car wash on Aug. 29, 2014, at approximately 4:50 p.m. The city where the alleged collision occurred was not provided.

Meyer claims traffic was stopped at the intersection for a red light. When an unknown party driving a vehicle in the right-hand lane of westbound Beltline “waved the plaintiff into the roadway” and Meyer attempted to cross two traffic lanes on westbound Beltline on his bike, the plaintiff was allegedly struck by Tennant’s minivan as it was traveling westbound on Beltline toward the intersection of Bluff.

Meyer alleges Tennant failed to keep a lookout, drove too fast, failed to slow down and take evasive action to avoid a collision and failed to obey traffic signals.

Meyer sought a judgment in his favor of more than $50,000, plus attorney’s fees and costs.

Tennant is represented by Michael Murphy of Freeark, Harvey & Mendillo in Belleville.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 15-L-841

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