Driver ran red light, caused accident, suit claims

Kelly Holleran Nov. 20, 2009, 5:00am

A woman claims she and her minor child became sick, sore, lame, disordered and disabled after a driver failed to obey a red light.

Dawn M. Clark filed a lawsuit Nov. 17 in Madison County Circuit Court against Kara L. York.

Clark claims she was driving north on Route 159 at its intersection with Route 162 in Maryville on Nov. 25, 2007, at about 4:28 p.m. when the collision occurred. Riding as a passenger with Clark was her daughter, Savannah Peyla.

At the same time, York was driving west on Route 162 at the same intersection when she ran a red light and caused the collision, according to the complaint.

In addition to becoming sick, sore, lame and disordered, Clark and Peyla incurred medical costs, suffered disability, experienced pain and suffering and lost wages, the suit states.

During the collision, both also received injuries to their backs and necks, the complaint says.

She blames York for failing to keep a proper lookout, for failing to properly apply her brakes, for failing to stop at a red light, for failing to obey a traffic signal, for driving too fast and for driving without adequate brakes.

In the three-count suit, Clark is seeking a judgment of more than $150,000, plus costs.

John H. Hustava of Collinsville will be representing her.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1240.

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