An East St. Louis man voluntarily dismissed his lawsuit alleging the airbag on his Chevy Impla failed to deploy properly in a collision.

Plaintiff Lester Hilliard filed a motion to voluntarily dismiss the case without prejudice on Dec. 5 through attorney Roza Gossage of Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Vincent Lopinot granted dismissal on Dec. 6.

In his complaint, Hilliard alleges that in September 2014, he was operating his 2005 Chevrolet Impala on 38th and St. Clair Avenue when he was stopped at a green light.

Hilliard claims he was waiting for the roadway to clear so he could make a left turn when defendant Melissa Montgomery allegedly struck his vehicle. He alleges the airbag in his vehicle failed to deploy, causing him severe and permanent injuries.

The plaintiff alleges Montgomery failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to reduce speed in time to avoid the crash, failed to steer her vehicle to avoid the collision and failed to operate her vehicle within the posted speed limit.

He also alleges defendant General Motors LLC manufactured a vehicle with faulty airbags.

Hilliard sought a judgment in his favor for more than $100,000, plus court costs and all other relief the court deems just.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-475

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