Mother, minor seek damages following Bethalto crash

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 24, 2017

EDWARDSVILLE – A mother and her minor child have filed suit against a driver after a single-vehicle crash in Bethalto allegedly caused injuries to the child.

EDWARDSVILLE – A mother and her minor child have filed suit against a driver following a roll over crash in Bethalto.

Isabella Schuette, a minor by her mother, Mindy Schuette, filed a complaint on July 13 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Steven Pruett alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that on Nov. 4, 2015, Mindy Schuette was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Pruett when he allegedly veered off the roadway, causing the vehicle to roll over. 

As a result, she suffered severe physical injuries that her mother became liable to expend money for medical care, treatment and services, the suit claims. 

The plaintiffs alleges Pruett failed to reduce or decrease speed by reason of weather or highway conditions, failed to drive his vehicle entirely within the lane of traffic and failed to properly apply the brakes of his vehicle.

The plaintiffs seek judgment for a fair and just award of more than $50,000, plus costs of suit, and any other further relief the court deems just and proper. 

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-1003

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