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Driver, passengers allege injuries from rear-end crash

By Michael Abella | Feb 17, 2017

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BELLEVILLE — A driver and several passengers are suing a motorist for allegedly causing a rear-end collision.

Kacie Ross, Terrance Ross, and Kacie Ross as guardian of minors Xyon Ross and Keanan Burton filed a complaint on Jan. 19 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against James Ellison, alleging he breached his duty to operate his vehicle in a safe and prudent manner.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that on Nov. 4, 2015, Kacie Ross was operating a vehicle that was stopped in traffic at the intersection of North Belt West and North 17th Street in Belleville when the defendant rear-ended her vehicle, causing the plaintiff to sustain severe and permanent injuries.

At the time of the accident, plaintiffs Terrance Ross, Xyon Ross and Keanan Burton were passengers in Kacie Ross' vehicle. They also sustained severe and permanent injuries, the suit alleges.

The plaintiffs allege Ellison failed to reduce speed to avoid the accident, failed to maintain sufficient distance and failed to maintain a proper lookout.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment in an amount greater than $50,000 for each of them, plus costs of this suit.

They are represented by Matthew J. Marlen of Matthew J. Marlen PC in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-20

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