BELLEVILLE — A passenger is suing over a crash last December on Interstate 64 in Washington County.

Joshua Hess filed a complaint last month in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Cameron Dietz alleging that the defendant failed in his duty to exercise ordinary care while operating his vehicle.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Dec. 23, 2016, plaintiff claims he was a passenger in a motor vehicle traveling eastbound on I-64 when the defendant's vehicle struck the front side of the vehicle he was riding in. As a result, Hess claims he suffered physical injuries, loss of earning capacity and medical expenses. 

The plaintiff holds Dietz responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to keep proper lookout for other vehicles, failed to apply brakes and failed to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for a fair and just award in excess of $50,000 plus costs of this suit and other relief the court deems proper. He is represented by Thomas C. Rich, Kristina D. Cooksey and Michelle M. Rich of Rich, Rich and Cooksey PC in Fairview Heights.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-112

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