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Driver and two passengers sue another motorist

By Michael Abella | Feb 10, 2017

EDWARDSVILLE — A driver and two passengers are suing motorist Michael Sutherland, alleging negligence in connection with a traffic collision.

Amber Lauer, Abigail Lauer and Bryson Lwsiewicz, a minor, filed a complaint on Jan. 17, in the Madison County Circuit Court against Michael Sutherland alleging that the other motorist failed to operate his vehicle in a careful manner.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that, on Oct. 31, 2016, plaintiff Amber Lauer was operating a motor vehicle, and Abigail Lauer and her minor son were passengers, traveling northbound on Illinois Route 157 when the defendant suddenly struck the rear of their vehicle. As a result, the plaintiffs suffered injuries  resulting in pain and suffering, disability and medical expenses. The plaintiffs hold Michael Sutherland responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to keep proper lookout, followed her vehicle too closely, and failed to reduce speed and/or timely stop his vehicle.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment in their favor for a just and fair amount in excess of $50,000 for each of them, plus costs of the suit. They are represented by Thomas C. Rich, Kristina D. Cooksey and Michelle M. Rich of Rich, Rich & Cooksey PC in Fairview Heights.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 17-L-74

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