Driver under the influence, woman says in suit

Kelly Holleran Jan. 12, 2009, 4:33am

Lisa Arreola has filed suit against Steven P. Reamer on behalf of her minor daughter, alleging her daughter's neck, shoulder, eyes, right arm, right foot and low back were injured after a collision in which Reamer was allegedly driving while under the influence.

Kacey Rivoire, Arreola's daughter, was riding in a vehicle Reamer was driving on Illinois Route 4 on April 17 when Reamer stopped his car on the roadway, then pulled out into the road, according to the complaint filed Jan. 6 in Madison County Circuit Court.

That caused another driver, Michelle L. Huffman, to collide with the vehicle in which Rivoire was the passenger, the suit states.

Because of the accident, Rivoire suffered injuries to her mouth and her lip, her teeth were chipped and she incurred medical expenses, Arreola claims.

Rivoire experienced disability as a result of her injuries, plus pain, suffering, lost money from loss of wages and an impairment of future earning capacity, according to the complaint.

Reamer was negligent by driving his vehicle in such a way that it caused injury to Rivoire, by failing to maintain a proper lookout for other vehicles on the road, by driving his vehicle on the highway without proper brakes, by failing to apply the brakes of his vehicle and by failing to have the vehicle equipped with a working horn, the suit states.

Arreola claims Reamer also negligently failed to yield the right-of-way to a vehicle, failed to keep his vehicle under proper control, failed to stop or swerve in time to avoid a collision, drove while under the influence, drove while proceeding in the opposite direction of Huffman so he did not give Huffman at least half of the roadway, made a U-turn in an unsafe manner and failed to signal his intention to turn.

Arreola is seeking a judgment of $50,000, plus costs.

John H. Hustava of Collinsville will be representing her.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0003.

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