Woman alleges driver's intoxication caused accident

Kelly Holleran Mar. 9, 2010, 12:54pm

A woman has filed suit against the allegedly intoxicated driver who slammed into her vehicle as she waited in traffic.

Jessica Weber England claims she was stopped in traffic facing north on Frank Scott Parkway about 20 feet south of its intersection with Illinois Highway 161 in St. Clair County on Oct. 21, 2009, when defendant Joseph S. Haar failed to stop and crashed into the rear of her vehicle. At the time of the collision, Joseph S. Haar was intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of more than the legal limit of 0.08 and was driving a vehicle belonging to defendant Stan J. Haar, according to the complaint filed Feb. 23 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Because of the collision, England was thrown with great force inside her vehicle, causing injuries to her body and limbs; incurred great pain and suffering; suffered lost income, disability, disfigurement and loss of enjoyment of life; and incurred medical costs, the suit states.

Joseph S. Haar negligently failed to slow or swerve to avoid the collision, failed to keep a proper lookout, drove too fast for the conditions, drove under the influence of alcohol and drove while his blood alcohol level was more than 0.08, the complaint says.

England also blames Stan J. Haar for the collision, saying he negligently failed to exercise reasonable care in entrusting his vehicle to Joseph S. Haar and failed to properly observe Joseph S. Haar's actions.

In the three-count complaint, England seeks a judgment of more than $150,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

Hrant "Hud" Norsigan Jr. of Norsigan Law Office in O'Fallon will be representing her.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-84.

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