Kelly Holleran Dec. 18, 2013, 10:53am

In recently filed court documents, a driver is blamed for causing injuries after he disobeyed a red light and struck a vehicle while participating in security training.

Charles Martin filed a lawsuit Dec. 9 in Madison County Circuit Court against United States Steel Corporation and Keith A. Smith.

In his complaint, Martin claims he was driving a 2007 Pontiac Montana east on Illinois Route 203 in Granite City and was traveling through a green light when Smith, who was driving a 2008 Ford F350 truck south on 20th Street, drove through a red light. Smith struck Martin’s vehicle, according to the complaint. At the time, Smith was participating in a security training operation, the suit states.

Because of the collision, Martin suffered severe and permanent injuries to his right foot, experienced great pain and mental anguish and was hindered from his regular duties and affairs, the complaint says. He also claims he was hindered from attending to his usual duties and incurred medical costs.

Martin blames Smith for causing the collision, saying he negligently failed to keep his vehicle under proper control, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to stop before causing a collision, failed to reduce his speed to avoid a collision, failed to keep proper attention on the road, drove too fast and drove through a red light when a real emergency did not exist.

In his complaint, Martin seeks a judgment of more than $100,000, plus damages and costs.

Ronald S. Motil of Beatty, Motil and Jones in Glen Carbon will be representing him.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 13-L-2065.

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