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Motorist accuses driver, car owners of negligence in auto accident

By Molly English-Bowers | Mar 10, 2016

BELLEVILLE – The driver of a motor vehicle is suing another driver and the owner of the defendants' car, alleging negligence for injuries the plaintiff says he suffered in a car accident.

Albert Meinen Jr. filed the suit March 2 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against the estate of Marc Leitensdorfer, Karen Prueter and Glenn Prueter.

 According to the complaint, on Oct. 27, Meinen was involved in an automobile accident during which Leitensdorfer crossed the center line while driving a vehicle along state Route 4 in St. Clair County.

The suit says the defendant's vehicle negligently struck Meinen's vehicle and caused bodily injuries and damages to the plaintiff. Those damages include pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of income, disability, loss of a normal life, property damage and loss of the use of his vehicle, and increased risk for future injury.

Leitensdorfer died in the accident.  

The suit states the Preuters own the vehicle that Leitensdorfer was driving so, the lawsuit alleges, he was acting as the agent of the Preuters. The suit also alleges the Preuters left the keys inside the vehicle, which led to Leitensdorfer driving the vehicle when they knew he was mentally unstable.

Meinen seeks more than $50,000, plus court costs. He is represented by attorney Daniel K. Juncker of Daniel K. Juncker PC in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-120

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