Woman claims unborn child killed in car accident

Kelly Holleran Apr. 19, 2010, 5:36am

A woman has filed suit against the driver who she says caused her unborn child's death after he failed to obey a traffic control device and caused a collision.

Christian S. Davis claims she was riding with Jeremy Schooler, who was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Impala west on U.S. Highway 50 near its intersection with North Greenmount Road in O'Fallon on March 31, 2008, when Schooler suddenly failed to obey a traffic control device and collided with an oncoming vehicle. At the time of the accident, Davis was pregnant, according to the complaint filed April 8 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Because of the accident, Christian S. Davis's baby suffered severe and permanent injuries, was hindered and prevented from attending to his/her usual duties and suffered great pain and anguish, the suit states. The baby died on May 27, 2008, from injuries relating to the collision, the complaint says.

Davis blames Schooler for causing the collision, saying he failed to stop or swerve his vehicle at the first sign of danger, drove without sufficient control, drove too fast, drove without keeping an adequate lookout and failed to obey a traffic control device.

In her complaint, Davis is seeking a judgment in excess of $50,000, plus costs.

Kenneth B. Belijanski of Brown and Brown in Fairview Heights will be representing her.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-162.

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