Dan Harkins Jun. 2, 2015, 8:40am


A woman and her passenger are suing another driver for allegedly causing an accident in 2013, injuring them both.

Trina Simmons and Rochelle Simmons filed a complaint on May 15 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Ronald Baudino.

According to the complaint, at 5:59 a.m. on Sept. 15, 2013, Trina Simmons was driving her vehicle east on Interstate 64, just west of milepost 8 in Canteen Township, with Rochelle Simmons as a passenger. At the same time, Baudino was driving in the same direction and place and allegedly rear-ended Trina Simmons' vehicle, causing her and Rochelle to be injured.

The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to keep a proper lookout, failing to not strike the rear of Simmons' car and properly apply his brakes. He is also accused of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, at excessive speed and without adequate brakes the suit states.

As a result, both plaintiffs claim they suffered injury, pain and suffering, medical expense and loss of wages and earning capacity.

The plaintiffs seek damages in excess of $200,000, plus costs.

The plaintiffs are represented by attorney John H. Hustava in Collinsville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-292

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