Motorist struck by vehicle pursued by St. Louis police officers files suit against city

By Lhalie Castillo | Feb 26, 2019

ST. LOUIS – A motorist is seeking damages from the city of St. Louis and two of its police officers over a collision that occurred in 2017 while the officers were in pursuit of a vehicle.

Gerald Harsley filed a complaint on Feb. 12 in the St. Louis Circuit Court against the city of St. Louis and police officers Thomas Streckfuss and Kevin Baroni alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on April 13, 2017, he sustained property damage and personal injuries when Corey Paul Walker's motor vehicle collided with his vehicle at or near the intersection of East Grand Boulevard and Emily Street in St. Louis. The suit states that Walker was being pursued by Streckfuss and Baroni at the time of the collision.

The plaintiff alleges he sustained serious injuries, including but not limited to panfacial fracture, broken pelvis, tibia plateau fracture, right arm fracture and a bruised spleen. 

The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible because Streckfuss and Baroni allegedly failed to discontinue the chase of Walker's vehicle when it became apparent it would not stop and exceeded the posted speed limit.

The plaintiff seeks damages in an amount of not less than $25,000 and all other additional relief as the court may deem proper and just. He is represented by Lynette M. Petruska and J.C. Pleban of Pleban & Petruska Law LLC in St. Louis.

St. Louis Circuit Court case number 1922cc00309

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