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Pedestrian alleges motorist struck him and fled the scene

By Molly English-Bowers | Jan 21, 2016

A pedestrian is suing a motorist over injuries the plaintiff says he sustained in an automobile accident.

Bernard Perry filed the lawsuit on Jan. 12 in Madison County Circuit Court against Earl Hibbs.

According to the complaint, on May 25, Hibbs was driving his vehicle in the eastbound turning lane of southbound Washington Avenue, near the intersection with Brown Street in Alton. At the same time, the suit says, Perry and some friends were crossing the roadway in front of the vehicle driven by the defendant. 

The lawsuit states the defendant's vehicle struck the plaintiff as he was walking in the crosswalk, knocking him to the ground. The suit further alleges the defendant left the scene and was located a few hours later by the police. 

The suit alleges Hibbs failed to yield to a pedestrian in a public crosswalk, failed to keep proper lookout for a pedestrian, failed to keep his automobile under proper control, failed to stop in time to avoid a collision with the plaintiff, failed to reduce speed and drove too fast for conditions. 

The plaintiff says he suffered Injuries to his knees, legs and other areas of his body. He alleges he will continue to suffer pain and mental anguish, disability and loss of a normal life. He also has lost wages and had medical expenses to care for his injuries, the suit says.

Perry seeks at least $50,000, plus court costs. He is represented by attorneys Michael P. Glisson and Gregory S. Motil of Williamson, Webster, Falb & Glisson of Alton.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-L-36

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