Route 111 rear-end accident is subject of suit

Kelly Holleran Aug. 4, 2009, 11:43am

A man who says his neck and shoulder were injured in an accident has filed suit against the driver who he says rear-ended him.

Dustin Lilly claims he was driving a 2006 Lincoln Mark LT on State Route 111 at its intersection with State Route 140 in Bethalto on Oct. 8 when Glenda A. Jeffreys, who was driving a 1991 Dodge Dynasty directly behind him, struck his vehicle in the rear.

Because of the accident, Lilly suffered burning, numbness, tingling and weakness in his arms and hands due to his neck and shoulder injuries and was ultimately diagnosed with a disc injury at C6-7, according to the complaint filed July 29 in Madison County Circuit Court. In addition, he sustained great physical pain, mental anguish, difficulty at work, back pain due to the overcompensation of his neck and shoulder injury, disability and loss of a normal life, the suit states.

To cure Lilly of his injuries, he has incurred medical costs of more than $20,000, the complaint says. Lilly says he has also lost wages of more than $30,000 and incurred property damages.

Jeffreys negligently failed to keep her vehicle under proper control, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to stop her vehicle in time to avoid a collision, failed to give a proper audible warning of her impending impact, failed to reduce her speed to avoid a collision and drove without adequate brakes, according to the complaint.

Lilly is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs.

She will be represented by Michael P. Glisson of Williamson, Webster, Falb and Glisson in Alton.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-785.

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