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Husband sues milk truck driver, company over fatal collision from dump truck tailgate

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 3, 2017

EDWARDSVILLE – A surviving spouse of a woman killed in a milk truck accident in Madison County has filed a suit against the company and its driver.

Bill Glenn Vinyard, individually and as administrator of the Estate of Lori Ann Vinyard, filed a complaint on July 28 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Jarden Bros. Trucking Inc., John W. Jarden, James W. Jarden, et al., alleging negligence and citing the Wrongful Death Act.

According to the complaint, on May 15, 2014, Lori Ann Vinyard was driving westbound at or near the intersection of Illinois 140 and East Liberty Prairie Lane. The suit states that a tailgate came loose from a dump truck and fell into the opposite lane of traffic and a milk truck operated by Gregory Street and owned by the defendants collided with the tailgate and/or in the alternative went into the oncoming lane of traffic to avoid the tailgate, colliding with Lori Ann Vinyard. She died of her injuries, the suit states.

The plaintiff alleges the defendants hired an individual it knew or should have known had inadequate experience and failed to adequately train, instruct and supervise employees concerning the safe operation of the tractor-trailer.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for general damages, costs, and such other additional relief to which plaintiff is entitled to in law or equity. 

He is represented by D. Todd Matthews of Gori Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 17-L-001083

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