Rear-end accident caused depression, woman claims

Kelly Holleran Jun. 22, 2009, 12:21pm

A woman is suing two individuals who she says caused her depression after she was involved in a multi-car collision.

Denise Macon filed a lawsuit June 12 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Aslie E. Tew and Jason T. DeLong.

Macon says she was stopped at a red light, facing east on Frank Scott Parkway at its intersection with DePaul, when the incident occurred on June 19, 2007, at about 3:30 p.m.

According to the complaint, Tew crashed into the rear of DeLong, who was stopped behind Macon. In turn, that caused DeLong to crash into the back of Macon's vehicle.

Because of the collision, Macon suffered post-concussion syndrome, damage to the nerves, soft tissues and muscles in her neck and right shoulder and anxiety and depression, the complaint says. She also says she has been forced to undergo psychotherapy and counseling and suffers from continued headaches. In addition, she has lost her ability to enjoy life and has incurred medical expenses, the complaint says.

Tew failed to keep a proper lookout, drove in an uncareful and imprudent manner, failed to keep her vehicle under control, failed to keep a safe distance between her vehicle and DeLong's and drove too fast for the conditions, according to the complaint.

DeLong drove in an uncareful and imprudent manner, failed to keep the vehicle under control and failed to keep a safe distance between his vehicle and Macon's, the complaint says.

In the two-count suit, Macon is seeking a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

Bill T. Walker of Granite City will be representing her.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-311.

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