Woman claims she was sideswiped on I-64

Kelly Holleran Aug. 21, 2009, 2:47am

A woman has filed suit against the driver who she says sideswiped her on Interstate 64.

Rhonda Dalton claims she was driving a 2002 Ford Explorer west on Interstate 64 in Caseyville on Sept. 10, 2007, at about 8 p.m. when Ana Lopez, who was driving in a lane next to Dalton's, drove into the side of Dalton's vehicle.

Because of the collision, Dalton sustained severe and permanent injuries to her neck and back, suffered great pain and mental anguish, will be hindered from attending to her usual duties and incurred medical costs, according to the complaint filed Aug. 14 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Lopez negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to keep her vehicle under control, failed to bring her vehicle to a stop before hitting Dalton's, failed to reduce her speed to avoid a collision and failed to apply the brakes on her vehicle, the suit states.

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

Ronald S. Motil of Beatty and Motil in Glen Carbon will be representing her.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-428.

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