Tractor-trailer driver sued over fatal collision

By Lhalie Castillo | Nov 13, 2017

EAST ST. LOUIS — A woman is suing a tractor-trailer driver following a fatal 2014 collision. 

EAST ST. LOUIS — A woman is suing a tractor-trailer driver following a fatal 2014 collision. 

Autumn N. Couch, special administrator of Jacob Russell Stewart, deceased filed a complaint on Oct. 10, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois against Walter Pollack, alleging he breached his duty to operate the tractor-trailer with reasonable care and caution.

According to the complaint, Couch alleges that on July 27, decedent Jacob Russell Stewart was driving a 1998 Nissan Pathfinder when his vehicle was struck by a 2014 Freightliner tractor-trailer truck being driven by Pollack. Stewart sustained injuries that resulted in his death. 

The plaintiff alleges Pollack negligently operated the tractor trailer at a speed greater than reasonable, failed to maintain careful lookout and failed to yield right of way.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks damages of more than $75,000. 

She is represented by George W. Woodcock of Law Office of George W. Woodcock in Mount Carmel.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois case number 3:17-cv-01089

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