Route 159 pedestrian claims driver struck her in crosswalk

Kelly Holleran Dec. 4, 2008, 6:59am

Cynthia Windland has filed suit against Quinten Eihausen, alleging she was seriously injured after he hit her as she was crossing the street.

As Windland was walking across Illinois State Route 159, Eihausen, who was driving east on Junction Drive W near its intersection with Illinois State Route 159 in Glen Carbon, struck her, according to the complaint filed Nov. 25 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Before the collision, Windland claims she pressed the pedestrian control device, which changed at the same time as the traffic light for eastbound traffic turned green.

"After the walk symbol came on for pedestrian traffic, Windland waited while a car turned from eastbound Junction Drive W southbound onto IL 159 in front of her, then proceeded to cross IL 159 when she was thereafter struck by the vehicle driven by Eihausen at a time when she was either within the painted crosswalk lines or on the southernmost painted crosswalk line," the suit states.

Because of the accident, Windland incurred medical expenses, past and future disability, past and future pain and suffered, past and future loss of a normal life and past loss of income, according to the complaint.

Windland also claims she suffered disfigurement.

Eihausen was negligent because he failed to yield to Windland, failed to exercise due care to avoid colliding with Windland, failed to sound his horn and failed to maintain a proper lookout, according to the complaint.

Windland is seeking a judgment in excess of $50,000, plus costs.

She is represented by Tad Armstrong of Armstrong Law Offices in Edwardsville.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 08-L-1119.

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