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Driver sues Centralia Ford, employee over collision


By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Aug 10, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE — A driver is suing an employee of Centralia Ford Lincoln-Mercury for allegedly causing a collision at the intersection of Route 159 and I-270. 

Julie D. Tanksley filed a complaint on July 30 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Leonard C. Taylor and Centralia Ford Lincoln-Mercury Inc., alleging negligence. 

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Sept. 12, 2017, she was injured when Taylor struck the rear of her vehicle at the intersection of Illinois State Route 159 and Interstate 270. Taylor was an agent and employee of Centralia Ford at the time of the collision and was driving a vehicle owned by his employer. 

Tanksley claims she suffered severe and permanent injuries to her head, neck, back, left hip and left leg. 

The plaintiff alleges Taylor drove the vehicle at an excessive speed, failed to reduce speed when approaching an intersection and failed to keep proper lookout.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against each defendant in an amount in excess of $50,000, plus costs. She is represented by Michael A. Gerritzen of Gerritzen & Gerritzen in St. Louis and Greg Skinner of Greg Skinner Law in Belleville.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 18-L-975

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