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Motorist blames towing company, driver for causing collision

By Michael Abella | Sep 21, 2016

BELLEVILLE — A St. Clair County motorist is suing a towing company and a driver, alleging their negligence caused a crash in Caseyville that injured the plaintiff. 

Leslie G. Crump filed a lawsuit Aug. 17 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Corey L. King and Petroff Towing Inc., alleging negligence in failing to apply brakes to avoid a collision.

According to the complaint, on March 22, Crump was driving east along state Route 64 in Caseyville Township when he was struck by a motor vehicle owned by Petroff Towing and operated by King. The suit says the collision caused Crump's vehicle to leave the roadway and overturn. 

As a result, the lawsuit states, Crump sustained injuries to his back, neck, shoulder and ear, medical expenses, lost wages and damages of more than $50,000. The plaintiff alleges King failed to keep proper lookout, failed to reduce speed and failed to apply brakes in a timely manner.

Crump seeks trial by jury, judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs of suit. He is represented by attorney Bruce R. Cook of Cook, Ysursa, Batholomew, Brauer & Shevlin Ltd. in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-434

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