Guardians seek damages from Swansea over pedestrian accident

Ann Knef Sep. 18, 2006, 10:30am

The intersection of Routes 161 and 159 in Swansea

The Village of Swansea is being sued by the guardians of a Hamel woman who suffered brain damage after being struck by a vehicle in the crosswalk at North Belt East (Route 161) and North Illinois Street (Route 159).

Represented by Charles H. Stegmeyer of Stegmeyer & Stegmeyer in Bellegille, Robert Jordan and Ada Noeninger are seeking in excess of $50,000 in damages from the village for injuries sustained by Sara Jordan on April 7.

According to the suit, the village failed to require the state of Illinois to place pedestrian-activated push buttons in a safe place.

The plaintiffs also claim the village failed to make the state provide a large sign suspended over the sidewalk to call attention to the push button located in the island of the intersection.

"With the exception of the southwest corner of said intersection which has a pedestrian detractor positioned at the spot where a pedestrian would begin to cross from the southwest corner to the northwest coner of the intersection, the pedestrian detractors are not mounted at each end of the crosswalk where pedestrian activation is required," the complaint states.

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