Driver ran red light, causing injuries, woman claims

Kelly Holleran Mar. 26, 2009, 5:21am

In a lawsuit filed in St. Clair County, a woman claims she was seriously injured after another driver ran a red light and collided with her.

Amy Smith was driving her 1995 Ford Ranger south on Highway 158 at its intersection with Wherry Road on June 18 when Travis Manning, who was driving his 1999 GMC Sierra, ran a red light and collided with Smith, according to the complaint filed March 24.

Because of the accident, Smith sustained permanent and severe injuries, was knocked unconscious, fractured her right sacrum and interior right acetabular column and received a substantial cut to her right forearm that resulted in scarring, the suit states.

She was also prevented from attending to her usual affairs and duties, has lost large sums of money that would have accrued to her and incurred substantial medical costs, Smith claims.

Manning was negligent by driving his vehicle through the intersection at an excessive rate of speed, by failing to stop his automobile at the intersection when there was a red light, by failing to give the right-of-way to the plaintiff, by driving while intoxicated and drove with defective brakes, according to the complaint.

Smith is seeking a judgment in excess of $50,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

She is represented by Larry O. Brockman of Swansea.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-153.

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