Carol Ostrow Jun. 3, 2015, 12:13pm


A woman is suing a business and its employee over injuries she claims resulted from a collision.

Betty Forsythe filed a lawsuit on May 15 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Raymond Bouvier and Watt & Stewart Commodities Inc., alleging negligence in a 2014 traffic incident.

According to the complaint, on May 15, 2014, Forsythe was traveling in her vehicle northbound on state Route 4 near its intersection with Perrin Road in Mascoutah when Bouvier failed to control his vehicle and collided with the plaintiff. The suit states Bouvier was acting within the scope of his employment with Watt & Stewart.

The defendants are cited with breach of ordinary care in negligently and carelessly attempting to make a right-hand turn from the left-hand turning lane when the maneuver could not be made safely; failing to signal intent to turn, maintain a lookout, take evasive action to avoid the accident, or yield the right of way; and failing to equip the company’s vehicle with an adequate rear-view mirror, in violation of state traffic laws.

The plaintiff alleges injuries to her head, neck, back, shoulders, arms, legs and other body parts, and cites medical expenses, pain and anguish, disability and loss of a normal life, lost wages and earning capacity, and property damage.

Forsythe seeks damages in excess of $50,000, plus attorney fees and costs. She is represented by Steven Katzman of Katzman & Sugden in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-290.

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