Woman claims reckless, incompetent driver caused her injuries

Kelly Holleran Apr. 14, 2010, 6:33am

A St. Clair County woman claims she sustained injuries to her limbs, back, neck, spine and head after a driver failed to obey a traffic control device.

Pamela Bauer filed a lawsuit April 7 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Anthony J. Williams and Dennis L. Elmore.

Bauer claims she drove through a green light at the intersection of West A. Street and North Third Street in Belleville when defendant Anthony J. Williams, who was driving a vehicle owned by co-defendant Dennis L. Elmore, struck her vehicle after failing to obey a light governing the intersection.

In addition to her injuries, Bauer became sick, sore, lame and disabled; suffered severe pain and anguish; became hindered from attending to her usual occupation; lost large sums of money; and incurred medical costs because of the collision, according to the complaint.

She blames Williams for causing the accident, saying he failed to yield the right-of-way to her vehicle, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to keep his vehicle under proper control, drove too fast, disregarded traffic signals and failed to reduce his speed, swerve or stop to avoid a collision.

She also says Elmore should never have lent his vehicle to Williams because he knew Williams to be a reckless and incompetent driver, knew Williams was likely to pose a risk to others and knew Williams could not safely operate a vehicle.

In her two-count complaint, Bauer seeks a judgment of more than $150,000, plus costs.

James K. Keefe Jr. of Keefe and DePauli in Fairview Heights will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-161.

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