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Motorist says injuries stem from woman letting visually impaired son drive truck

By Michael Abella | Oct 25, 2016

EDWARDSVILLE — A driver is suing motorist Bruce Mattea and his mother, vehicle owner Wanda Mattea, alleging negligence and insufficient measures taken to prevent injuries.

Linda J. Bohnenstiehl filed a complaint on Oct. 4 in Madison County Circuit Court against the defendants, alleging that Wanda Mattea negligently entrusted her vehicle to defendant Bruce Mattea, who allegedly negligently operated it.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on April 9, 2015, she was in a 2015 Chevrolet Malibu and was stopped in traffic near an intersection when Bruce Mattea, who was driving a 1989 Ford F150, struck the rear of her vehicle, injuring her. The plaintiff holds Bruce Mattea and Wanda Mattea responsible because Bruce Mattea allegedly has described himself as legally blind but then drove the vehicle and did so in a negligent fashion, while Wanda Mattea allegedly was negligent in letting him drive the vehicle.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against the defendants in excess of $50,000, cost of this suit and such other relief as justice may require. She is represented by Roy C. Dripps and Courtney C. Stirrat of Armbruster, Dripps, Winterscheidt & Blotevogel LLC in Maryville.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-L-1398

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