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Motorist sues over rear-end collision

By Lhalie Castillo | Feb 13, 2018

BELLEVILLE — A motorist is suing another driver for allegedly causing a rear-end collision on Green Mount Road. 

Charles N. Stollard filed a complaint on Jan. 25 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Hannah Rutzinski, alleging she failed to exercise due care while operating a motor vehicle.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Jan. 29, 2016, he was driving a 2009 Honda Civic westbound on Green Mount Road. He claims he was stopped near its intersection with Frank Scott Parkway when the defendant struck the rear of his vehicle. 

As a result, he claims he sustained permanent and progressive injuries to his neck and back and incurred medical expenses in excess of $50,000. 

The plaintiff alleges Rutzinski negligently followed his vehicle too closely, failed to maintain a careful lookout and failed to use evasive actions to avoid colliding with plaintiff's vehicle.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks damages in excess of $50,000, plus any further relief that the court may deem just and proper. 

He is represented by Mark R. Bates of The Bates Law Firm LLC in St. Louis.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 18-L-56

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