Woman claims driver forced her off the road

Kelly Holleran Apr. 13, 2009, 7:21am

A man filed suit against a woman, alleging he was seriously injured after she caused him to run off the road and over an embankment.

Larry Williams was driving west on Illinois Route 15 in Belleville on Sept. 3, 2007, when Michelle Horan, who was also driving on the same road ahead of Williams, collided with him, according to the complaint filed April 8 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

"Immediately prior to the accident Defendant Horan swerved and hit Plaintiff, causing him to veer across the median, opposite lanes of traffic and then an embankment," the suit states.

Because of the collision, Williams says he was tossed with great force and violence in his vehicle and sustained injuries to his ligaments. The membranes of Williams' back and body were displaced, bruised, cut, torn and injured, he suffered pain, incurred medical costs and lost money, according to the complaint.

Horan was negligent by driving her vehicle so as to cause injury to Williams, by failing to maintain a proper lookout, by driving without adequate brakes, by failing to apply her brakes, by failing to yield the right-of-way, by failing to keep her vehicle under proper control, by failing to stop in time to avoid a collision and by failing to signal her intention to turn, the suit states.

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

He is represented by Chris Kolker of Kolker Law Offices in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-179.

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