The Madison County Record Feb. 9, 2015, 7:27am

A minor alleges she suffered various injuries after a driver struck the vehicle in which she was riding.

Skylynn A. Gernigin, through her parent and best friend Julie Brankov, filed a lawsuit Jan. 30 in Madison County Circuit Court against Shawn M. Riley and Ryne Eugene Griffith.

According to the complaint, Gernigin was riding in a vehicle that Christopher Gernigin was driving south on Interstate Highway 55/70 in Collinsville on Dec. 21, 2013, when Riley, who was driving in the same direction, rear-ended Christopher Gernigin's vehicle. Griffith was driving another vehicle and also rear-ended the vehicle, according to the complaint.

Because of the collision, Gernigin suffered serious and disabling injuries, incurred medical costs, experienced great pain and suffering and endured emotional distress, according to the complaint. She also was unable to carry out her usual activities and sustained disability and disfigurement, the suit states.

Gernigin blames Riley and Griffith for causing the collision, saying they negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, drove too fast, failed to decrease their speed and caused a rear-end collision.

Gernigin seeks a judgment between $20,000 and $100,000, plus costs.

Attorneys Gregory D. Abel, Julie A. Blanks and Craig D. Queen, of Hausmann-McNally in Decatur, will represent her.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 15-L-109.

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