Freeburg-Douglas Road accident is subject of suit

Kelly Holleran Feb. 5, 2010, 8:24am

A woman claims she suffered severe injuries to her neck when a driver struck her in the middle of an intersection.

Jenene Biggerstaff filed a lawsuit Jan. 27 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Ryan and Dennis Tewell.

Biggerstaff claims she drove her 2004 Cadillac Deville in the intersection of Illinois 159 and South Freeburg-Douglas Road when Ryan Tewell, who drove a 2001 Honda Accord belonging to his father, Dennis Tewell, struck her.

In addition to her neck injuries, Biggerstaff suffered severe and permanent pain, mental anguish and disfigurement and incurred medical costs because of the accident, according to the complaint. In addition, she became prevented from attending to her usual duties and lost wages.

She blames Ryan Tewell for causing the accident, saying he failed to keep the vehicle under proper control and failed to keep a proper lookout. Dennis Tewell negligently entrusted his vehicle to his son, knowing that by doing so, he create an unreasonable risk of harm, the suit states.

In the two-count suit, Biggerstaff seeks a judgment of more than $150,000, plus costs.

Thomas Q. Keefe III and Charles E. Hamilton of Belleville will be representing her.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-34.

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