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Motorist alleges injuries from rear-end collision

By Molly English-Bowers | Mar 21, 2016

BELLEVILLE – A motorist is suing over injuries he claims stem from a rear-end automobile accident on Interstate 64.

Joseph A. Patti filed the suit March 3 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Diane Kofron.

On April 1, 2014, the plaintiff was driving his vehicle on Interstate 64 in St. Clair County. At the same time, Kofron was driving along the same highway, the suit says.

Despite the duty of care the defendant owed the plaintiff in the operation of her vehicle, Patti claims Kofron drove her vehicle in such a manner to run into the rear of the plaintiff's vehicle, according to the complaint.

Patti alleges the defendant was negligent in driving while distracted, failing to keep a proper lookout, failing to properly apply her brakes and failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

As a result, according to the complaint, the plaintiff was injured, both internally and externally, which has caused him disability, pain and mental anguish; he has lost and will in the future lose earnings; his future earning capacity has been seriously diminished; and he will continue to pay for medical bills.

The plaintiff seeks a sum in excess of $50,000, court costs and any other remedy the court deems appropriate. He is represented by Gregory M. Tobin of Pratt & Tobin PC in East Alton.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-122

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