Driver followed too closely, plaintiff claims in suit

Kelly Holleran Apr. 7, 2010, 6:59am

The owner of a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee claims she sustained permanent injuries to her back, shoulders, arms, hands, head and other body parts after a driver rear-ended her.

Dana Walta filed a lawsuit March 29 in Madison County Circuit Court against Randy Thompson and The Stein Company.

Walta claims she rode as a passenger in her Cherokee, which traveled north on Illinois Route 159 near its intersection with Union Avenue in Collinsville on June 29, when defendant Randy Thompson, who also drove north on the same road, struck the rear of the Cherokee. At the time of the collision, Thompson drove the vehicle for his employer, The Stein Company.

Because of the collision, Walta incurred medical costs, suffered great pain and mental anguish, incurred permanent disability, lost her normal life and incurred property damages, according to the complaint.

She blames Thompson for causing the accident, saying he negligently failed to keep his vehicle under control, drove too fast, drove into the rear of Walta's vehicle, failed to take evasive action to avoid a collision, failed to maintain a proper lookout, failed to sound his horn and drove too closely to the vehicle in which Walta rode.

In the two-count suit, Walta seeks a judgment in excess of $100,000, plus costs.

Steven E. Katzman of Katzman and Associates in Belleville will be representing her.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-350.

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