Truck rear-ended vehicle on Route 67, suit claims

Kelly Holleran Mar. 30, 2010, 10:25am

A Godfrey woman has filed suit against the driver who she claims rear-ended her vehicle as she attempted to make a turn.

Linda Schafer claims she was attempting to turn from her southbound position on U.S. 67 onto Stagecoach Road in Jersey County on May 31, 2007, at about 3:35 p.m. when defendant Richard L. Killion, who was driving a truck for defendant Killion Construction, struck the rear of her vehicle.

Because of the accident, Schafer suffered severe and permanent injuries, disability, disfigurement, great physical pain, mental anguish and an impaired ability to enjoy life; incurred costs in an attempt to cure her injuries; and was hindered from pursuing her normal course of employment, causing her to lose wages, according to the complaint filed March 15 in Madison County Circuit Court. In addition, her vehicle was extensively and permanently damaged, causing Schafer to incur towing and repair costs, the complaint says.

Killion negligently drove too fast, failed to exercise due care to avoid a collision, failed to obey Illinois road provisions, failed to drive with due regard for the safety of all people on the road, failed to keep the vehicle he was driving under proper control, failed to keep a proper lookout and failed to reduce his speed to avoid a collision, the suit states.

In her four-count complaint, Schafer is seeking compensatory damages of more than $110,000, plus costs.

She will be represented by S. Russell Meyer and Amy M. Meyer of Meyer Law Firm in Alton.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-279.

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