Man suing Illinois Representative over burns suffered in prank - KMOV.com

Man suing Illinois Representative over burns suffered in prank

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An Illinois man is suing Rep. Bobby Schilling, his wife, son and three others after he was severely burned in a prank gone wrong during a party at the congressman's house four years ago.

Thomas W. Reese, 18, filed the lawsuit this week in Illinois' Henry County Circuit Court.

The negligence lawsuit alleges Schilling's son and three others poured gasoline into a toy dump truck, lit it on fire and pushed it at Reese, then 14. The truck struck Reese, who suffered burns on one-third of his body.

Schilling, a freshman Republican, says in a statement that Reese's parents are friends and campaign donors. He says he's being sued because he was unable to settle with an insurance company and is hopeful of a quick resolution.

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