Suit claims driver failed to exercise proper control of wayward car

Kelly Holleran Feb. 3, 2009, 12:22am

A Jersey County woman claims she was injured while riding in a car a Madison County woman was driving after the car went off the street and down a hill.

Natalie M. Long was traveling east on Grand Avenue and passing Rodemeyer Street in Alton on May 28 when the incident occurred, according to the complaint filed Jan. 29 in Madison County Circuit Court.

After the driver of the vehicle, Ashleigh M. Green, failed to turn with the road and continued straight, she drove off the roadway and downhill through trees and bushes, the suit states.

Because of the accident, Long claims she sustained temporary and permanent injuries, incurred medical bills and has been prevented from attending to her usual duties and affairs.

Green was negligent by exceeding the speed limit, by driving too fast, by failing to exercise proper control, by failing to properly brake and by failing to drive within the bounds of the road, according to the complaint.

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

Lanny Darr of Schrempf, Kelly, Napp and Darr in Alton will be representing her.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0065.

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