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St. Clair County motorist sues driver over rear-end accident

By Molly English-Bowers | Mar 1, 2016

BELLEVILLE – A St. Clair County motorist is suing a Swansea driver, alleging negligence for injuries he says he received in a rear-end automobile accident.


Bobby Waterson filed the lawsuit Jan. 19 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Christine J. Laker of Swansea, alleging negligence.


According to the complaint, on Feb. 23, 2015, Waterson was driving his vehicle on state Route 159 near Schlueter-Germain Road in Smithton, and Laker was driving behind the plaintiff's vehicle when she allegedly struck the rear of Waterson's vehicle.

The suit says the defendant was negligent by failing to keep a proper lookout, failing to keep her vehicle under proper control, following the plaintiff's vehicle more closely than was reasonable and prudent and failing to reduce the speed of her vehicle to avoid a collision.

The plaintiff alleges that as a result of the defendant's negligence, he was injured, has suffered pain and mental anguish and will continue to incur medical expenses.

Waterson seeks judgment against the defendant in an amount the court deems reasonable and equitable in addition to court costs. He is represented by attorney Alvin C. Paulson of Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-35

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