Owner of demolished building files negligence suit

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Jan 18, 2018

ST. LOUIS — A property owner is suing a vehicle's owner, driver and insurer, alleging negligence and breach of contract.

ST. LOUIS — A property owner is suing a vehicle's owner, driver and insurer, alleging negligence and breach of contract.

Ruthie Fischer filed a complaint on Jan. 3 in the St. Louis Circuit Court against Safiyyah Z. Brandon, Jonathan J. Paige and Acceptance Insurance Agency of Tennessee Inc., alleging that Brandon negligently entrusted her vehicle to Paige, an unlicensed and extremely tired driver; and her insurance company refused to pay for damages caused to her property by Paige. 

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on June 3, 2016 Paige was driving on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive when he fell asleep and lost control of the vehicle, plowing into a building owned by the plaintiff. As a result of the heavy damage, the building had to be demolished. 

The plaintiff holds Brandon, Paige and Acceptance Insurance responsible because defendant Paige allegedly failed to maintain proper control of the vehicle he was driving and defendant Acceptance Insurance vexatiously refused to pay her claim for damages.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury; and seeks judgment against defendants for all actual, incidental and consequential damages, costs of court, and such other relief that are just and proper. She is representing herself. 

St. Louis Circuit Court case number 1822-CC00017

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