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Wood River car accident suit at trial in Ruth’s court

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | May 10, 2016

A Wood River car accident case is at trial this week in Madison County Circuit judge Dennis Ruth’s courtroom.

The trial began today.


Plaintiff Jason Bardsley is represented by attorney Lanny Darr of The Darr Firm in Alton.

Defendant Catherine Ellsworth is represented by attorney Michael Murphy of Freeark Harvey & Mendillo in Belleville.

Bardsley filed his complaint on April 30, 2012, alleging he was driving his 2002 GMC F250 westbound on Eaton Street, crossing the intersection of Second Street in Wood River on June 30, 2010, while Ellsworth was allegedly stopped at the intersection facing northbound.

Bardsley claims Ellsworth entered the intersection and struck his vehicle.

The plaintiff alleges Ellsworth negligently failed to keep proper lookout for other vehicles in the intersection, drover her vehicle at a speed which was greater than reasonable and proper, failed to exercise proper control over the vehicle, failed to stop her vehicle and failed to yield the right-of-way.

Bardsley claims he sustained injuries as a result of the collision.

Ellsworth denies liability in the case and argues that Bardsley’s alleged injuries were the result of his own negligence.

She also alleges that any alleged injuries were the result of “independent, intervening causes over which defendant had no control and which were not known or reasonably foreseeable by defendant.”

Madison County Circuit Court case number 12-AR-254

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