BENTON – A Breese man is suing over
injuries he allegedly received when his vehicle was hit by a
tractor-trailer truck. He is citing negligence.
David Boeschen filed the suit April 25
in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois against
Butler Transport and Hugh Roper.
On April 13, 2015, the plaintiff was
driving northbound on Interstate 255 in St. Clair County, the suit says. The
plaintiff was severely injured when a truck owned by defendant Butler
and being driven by defendant Roper collided with his vehicle, according to the complaint.
The alleged negligence on the part of both
defendants includes the driver's inattention to the roadway, failure
to stop and control the vehicle, speeding, failing to keep a lookout
and, specific to defendant Butler, failure to train its driver in the
safe operation of commercial vehicles.
The injuries to the plaintiff include
to his neck, back and right knee, and those injuries are permanent
and disabling, according to the suit, which says he also has continuing medical expenses.
In addition to a trial by jury, the
plaintiff seeks damages from both defendants in excess of $75,000 and
other relief the court may deem just and equitable. He is represented
by Joseph R. Hillebrand of Brown & Crouppen PC in St. Louis.
U.S. District Court for the Southern
District of Illinois Case number 16-cv-455