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Tow truck driver alleges injuries from gas station collision

By Molly English-Bowers | Apr 11, 2016

BELLEVILLE – A tow truck driver is suing over injuries he allegedly sustained when another motorist backed into his vehicle in a parking lot.

Jason A. Ford filed the suit March 30 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Mary M. Meehan.

According to the complaint, on Jan. 27, Ford had parked the tow truck he was driving next to a gas pump at KNJ Gasmart, located at 306 N. Main St. in Dupo, and was sitting in the front driver side seat.

Meehan allegedly backed out of a parking space at the Gasmart and struck the tow truck in which the plaintiff was sitting.

According to the complaint, the defendant was negligent by failing to keep a proper lookout, failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident, failing to stop her vehicle in a timely manner to avoid a collision, failing to warn the plaintiff that she was about to collide with the tow truck, and driving in reverse without adequately observing if there was a vehicle behind hers.

As a result, Ford claims he was injured, has suffered physical pain and mental anguish, and continues to pay for medical bills, the suit says.

The plaintiff seeks judgment against the defendant in an amount in excess of $50,000 plus court costs. He is represented by Stephen C. Buser of the Law Office of Stephen C. Buser Ltd. in Columbia.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-182

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