A Madison County jury awarded a motorist $59,342 in a suit alleging a man backed his pickup truck into the plaintiff's vehicle in Alton.
The two day trial ended in Circuit Judge Andreas Matoesian’s courtroom Tuesday after jurors deliberated approximately 30 minutes.
The jury awarded plaintiff Kathleen Buck $20,000 for loss of a normal life, $20,000 for pain and suffering and $19,342.25 for medical expenses.
Buck was represented at trial by Keith Short of Edwardsville.
Defendant Jon Shrimpton was represented by Michael Lach of Boggs, Avellino, Lach & Boggs in St. Louis.
Buck filed her one-count complaint against Shrimpton on Aug. 26, 2014. She claimed she was stopped on Oakwood Avenue in Alton in her 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix on Dec. 1, 2012. While waiting for a vehicle in front of her to turn, Buck alleged Shrimpton was backing his 2005 Dodge Ram pickup truck from a private drive on Oakwood when he hit the plaintiff’s vehicle.
Buck alleged Shrimpton failed to yield, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to “look and see things that were obviously visible,” failed to keep his vehicle under control to avoid a collision and failed to use precaution to avoid a collision.
As a result, Buck claimed she suffered injuries to her neck, back and wrists and incurred medical expenses.
She sought more than $50,000.
Shrimpton answered her complaint on Sept. 24, 2014, denying liability.
Madison County Circuit Court case number 14-L-1164