Motorcycle passenger sues for injuries after deer accident

Kelly Holleran Jan. 13, 2009, 6:42am

A Godfrey woman is suing the operator of a motorcycle for injuries she received as passenger when the "Hog" hit a deer.

Stephanie Bonnell was riding on a Harley Davidson Sportster motorcycle Scott F. Wild was driving on May 29 in Godfrey when Wild struck a deer, according to the complaint filed Jan. 9 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Because of the collision, Bonnell's neck, back, hips and legs were greatly bruised, crushed and displaced and she was prevented from attending to her usual duties and affairs, the suit states.

In addition, she incurred medical expenses and lost large sums of money, she claims.

Wild was negligent by failing to reduce his speed to avoid an accident, by failing to keep his vehicle under control, by failing to keep a proper lookout to avoid an accident and by driving too fast, according to the complaint.

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

Bob L. Perica of The Perica Law Firm in Wood River will be representing her.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0018.

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