Motorist alleges tree service employee caused crash

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Feb 22, 2019

BELLEVILLE — A St. Clair County motorist is suing a tree service after one of its employees allegedly caused a collision. 

Christopher Tenllado filed a complaint Jan. 24 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Scott M. Coleman and Scott's Tree & Outdoor Services LLC, alleging the defendant failed to exercise reasonable care in entrusting its commercial vehicle to a careless driver.

According to the complaint, on March 19, 2017, Tenllado was operating his 2016 Ford F-150 on Troy-O'Fallon Road approaching West Kirsch Road when Coleman crashed into the plaintiff's vehicle at a high rate of speed. Coleman was allegedly driving a commercial vehicle owned by Scott's Tree & Outdoor Services. 

Tenllado claims he suffered serious and permanent injuries resulting in pain, discomfort, disfigurement, mental anguish and medical expenses. 

The plaintiff alleges Coleman failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to yield right of way and failed to slacken speed, swerve or stop to avoid striking Tenllado's vehicle.

Tenllado seeks trial by jury, judgment greater than $50,000, plus court costs and all other just and proper relief. He is represented by Hrant "Hud" Norsigian Jr. of Norsigian Law Office LLC in O'Fallon.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case number 19-L-73

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