Pfizer blamed for multi-car accident

Kelly Holleran Feb. 20, 2009, 2:26am

A St. Clair County woman has filed suit against Pfizer and one of its employees, alleging she was injured after the employee collided with her vehicle.

Elizabeth Thompson was stopped in construction on east on Interstate 64 in St. Clair County at about 5 p.m. when Angela Hobick, who was working for Pfizer, failed to stop and plowed into the rear of the stopped cars, which caused a multi-car collision, according to the complaint filed Feb. 17 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Because of the accident, Thompson suffered bruises to her head and face, traumatic headaches, cervical disc inflammation spinal disc bulging and impingement and experienced a diminished enjoyment of life, the suit states.

She also claims she incurred medical expenses and lost wages.

Hobick was negligent by failing to yield to stopped traffic, by failing to keep a careful lookout and by causing the rear end of Thompson's vehicle to sustain impact, according to the complaint.

Pfizer was negligent through its hiring of Hobick, the suit states.

In the two-count suit, Thompson is seeking a judgment in excess of $100,000, plus pre-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

She will be represented by Brian Stokes of The Stokes Law Office in St. Louis.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0082.

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