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Man says Davis Mail Services driver caused crash on Martin Luther King Bridge

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 11, 2017

BELLEVILLE — A motorist is suing a mail service company and its driver for allegedly causing a collision that resulted in injuries.

Rick Hernandez filed a complaint on June 23 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Robert Schmitt and Davis Mail Services Inc., alleging Schmitt failed to operate and maintain his vehicle in order to avoid injuring others.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on May 2, 2016, he was driving westbound on the Martin Luther King Bridge when Schmitt allegedly struck the rear end of his vehicle while he was stopped/slowed in the westbound lane. Schmitt was operating a Davis Mail Services vehicle during the accident.

As a result, Hernandez claims he suffered serious and permanent injuries. 

The plaintiff alleges Schmitt failed to keep a careful lookout, failed to yield the right of way, failed to slacken his speed and keep his vehicle under control and operated his vehicle at an excessive rate of speed.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in an amount that is fair and reasonable in an amount in excess of $50,000, and for costs incurred and any other relief the court deems just and proper. 

He is represented by Thomas G. Kemper of Butler & Kemper in Granite City.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-344

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