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Motorist alleges man was driving without headlights

By Michael Abella | Dec 8, 2016

BELLEVILLE — A driver is suing another motorist for allegedly driving without headlights and causing a collision.  

Dennis S. Moore filed a complaint on Nov. 3 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Michael Burris, alleging the defendant breached his duty to exercise ordinary care in operating his motor vehicle.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on May 14, he was traveling south on Mud Creek Road in Marissa. He claims he was stopped at a stop sign and then began to turn onto Illinois 13 when the defendant collided with him at high speed. Moore alleges he could not see the defendant's vehicle because his headlights were not on.

As a result, the plaintiff sustained severe and disabling injuries resulting in physical and mental pain, medical expenses and loss of enjoyment of life, the suit states.

The plaintiff alleges Burris failed to stop or reduce speed to avoid collision, failed to maintain proper lookout and failed to turn on the headlight of the his vehicle to provide visibility to himself and caution to others.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against the defendant in excess of $50,000.

He is represented by Jason E. Coffey of Fisher, Kerkhover, Coffey & Gremmels Law Office in Chester.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-585

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