The Madison County Record Apr. 9, 2014, 7:47am

A woman sustained temporary and permanent injuries when a driver failed to yield the right-of-way at a light and struck her vehicle, according to a recently filed lawsuit.

Corletta M. Patterson filed a lawsuit March 27 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Tammy M. Jackson.

In her complaint, Patterson alleges she drove her 2007 Jeep Liberty west on State Highway 140 at its intersection with Fosterburg Road in Alton on May 20 when Jackson, who drove her 2005 Ford Escape east on State Highway 140, struck her vehicle.

“Corletta M. Patterson entered the intersection of State Highway 140 and Fosterburg Road when her traffic signal was a green light,” the suit states. “Tammy M. Jackson entered into the intersection when her traffic control device did not have a green electric arrow. Tammy M. Jackson failed to yield to oncoming traffic. The vehicle operated by defendant, Tammy M. Jackson, violently collided with the vehicle operated by plaintiff, Corletta M. Patterson.”

Because of the collision, Patterson incurred medical costs and has been prevented from attending to her usual duties, the complaint says.

Patterson blames Jackson for causing the collision, saying she negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic and failed to reduce her speed to avoid an accident.

Patterson is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000 and other relief the court deems just. She is being represented by Lanny Darr of Schrempf, Kelly, Napp and Darr in Alton.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 14-L-483.

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