Mother, son allege motorist's negligence caused crash

By Michael Abella | Sep 15, 2016

EDWARDSVILLE — A mother and son are suing a Madison County motorist, alleging the defendant's negligence caused injuries to the plaintiffs. 

Elizabeth Henry and Jacob Koch, a minor, filed a lawsuit Sept. 6 in Madison County Circuit Court against Tyler Baalman, alleging he followed another vehicle too closely and caused a crash.

According to the complaint, on May 24, Henry was driving a motor vehicle northbound on state Route 160. The suit says Baalman struck the rear of another vehicle that then struck the plaintiffs' vehicle.

The lawsuit states this collision caused the plaintiffs to sustain internal and external injuries that resulted in medical expenses, disability, pain and suffering, lost wages and damaged property. The plaintiffs allege Baalman failed to keep a proper lookout, operated his vehicle at an excessive rate of speed and failed to timely apply brakes.

Henry and Koch seek a trial by jury, judgment of more than $50,000 for each plaintiff, plus costs of suit. 

They are represented by attorneys Thomas C, Rich, Kristina D. Cooksey and Michelle M. Rich of Rich, Rich & Cooksey PC in Fairview Heights.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-L-1259

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