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Driver, passengers blame another motorist for allegedly causing crash

By Molly English-Bowers | Feb 29, 2016

BELLEVILLE – Four adults who were occupying a motor vehicle are suing another motorist, alleging negligence for injuries they say they sustained in a collision.

John Harms, Donna Harms, Terri Harms and Dennis Yates filed the suit collectively Jan. 29 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Gage Goldsmith, alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, on Sept. 7, the plaintiffs were in a motor vehicle driven by Terri Harms southbound on state Route 4 near the intersection of Hayden Drive in Mascoutah.  At the same time, the suit says, Goldsmith was traveling northbound and while attempting to make a left-hand turn, he entered the plaintiffs' lane of traffic and collided with the plaintiffs' vehicle.

The suit alleges he caused the accident by negligently failing to yield the right-of-way, failing to keep a proper lookout, failing to keep his vehicle under proper control and driving too fast for conditions.

As a result of the collision, the lawsuit states, each plaintiff allegedly sustained permanently disabling injuries to various parts of their bodies, each has lost and will continue to lose money because they can't pursue normal gainful work, and each will continue to accumulate medical bills.

Each plaintiff seeks more than $50,000, plus court costs. They are represented by attorney Bruce R. Cook of Cook, Ysursa, Bartholomew, Brauer & Shevlin Ltd. in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-57

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