Rear-end collision causes injuries, suit says

Kelly Holleran Jan. 9, 2009, 4:23am

A St. Clair County woman has filed suit against a St. Clair County man, alleging she was injured in a rear-end collision.

Kirsten Borger was a passenger in a 2001 Chrysler Sebring that was traveling west on Carlyle Avenue near its intersection with YMCA Drive in Belleville on Aug. 12, 2006, when the incident occurred, according to the complaint filed Jan. 7 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

The Sebring was stopped at a stoplight at the time of the accident, the suit states.

Derek Engel, who was driving a 2000 GMC Sonoma west on the same street, failed to stop in time and rear-ended Borger's vehicle at the stoplight, the suit states.

Because of the collision, Borger claims she was made sick, sore, lame, disordered and disabled and received injuries to her neck, shoulder, low back and knee.

She also incurred medical expenses, suffered a disability and lost money from lost wages, according to the complaint.

Engel was negligent by violating the duty of care he owed Borger, by failing to keep his vehicle under proper control, by failing to keep a proper lookout for other vehicles on the roadway, for driving too fast, for failing to reduce his speed to avoid injury to others, by driving in such a manner as to cause his vehicle to hit another and by failing to brake, the suit states.

Engel also negligently failed to obey the stoplight and followed another vehicle too closely, Borger claims.

Borger is seeking a judgment in excess of $50,000 and other relief the court deems just and proper.

She is represented by Patrick R. Foley of Williams, Caponi, Foley and Eckert in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0006.

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