- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—MASCOUTAH — A widower has filed a lawsuit against the driver of a truck that crashed into his wife’s vehicle, causing serious injuries that resulted in her death.

On behalf of their children and the estate of Robin Wells, Paul Wells of Mascoutah has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the driver of the truck that crashed into Robin Well’s vehicle — Don L. Mueller and his company, Don Mueller Construction.

David Cates of Cates Mahoney LLC. in Swansea is representing Paul Wells in the suit filed late last month in St. Clair County Court. Cates declined to comment on the suit.

An attorney for Mueller isn’t listed in court records. A representative of Mueller, who only identified herself as Sharon, reached at his construction company in Lebanon declined to comment.

Robin Wells and her daughter Melody were driving northbound on Illinois Route 4 in Mascoutah in a 2013 Kia Optima on Nov. 5, 2014, and Mueller was driving a 2002 Ford F-150 truck southbound on Route 4. Mueller crossed the center line and struck Robin Wells’ vehicle, according to the suit. At the time, Mascoutah Police said they believed Mueller may have fallen asleep. Mueller was never charged with any crime related to the crash.

According to the suit, Don Mueller failed to:

— Drive on the right side of the roadway.

— To keep his vehicle within the designated lane of travel.

— Concentrate on driving, appreciate the presence of other vehicles on the road and keep a proper lookout for other vehicles.

— To reduce his speed as necessary to avoid an accident.

— To stay awake while driving.

The lawsuit also claims Mueller “carelessly operated his vehicle at a speed which was greater than reasonable and proper with regard to traffic conditions.”

“As a direct and proximate result of one or more of the foregoing negligent acts or omissions … defendant Mueller collided head-on with the 2013 Kia Optima driven by Robin Wells in which Melody M.L. Wells was a passenger,” the suit states.

Melody Wells suffered injuries to her head, neck, chest, abdomen and legs, according to the lawsuit, and “continues to suffer tremendous pain, suffering and disfigurement.”

Contact reporter Jamie Forsythe at [email protected] or 618-239-2562. Follow her on Twitter: @BND_JForsythe.

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