Belleville accident is subject of suit

Kelly Holleran May 27, 2010, 8:57am

The administrator of a deceased woman's estate filed a lawsuit in St. Clair County Circuit Court in an attempt to collect money for alleged injuries the woman sustained in an accident before her death.

Yvonne Tucker, administrator of the estate of Magnolia Tucker, filed a lawsuit May 18 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Barta T. Mohammed.

Yvonne Tucker claims Magnolia Tucker drove a 1991 Chevrolet Corsica east on Old St. Louis Road near its intersection with South 74th Street in Belleville on July 9, 2003, when Mohammed, who drove a 1994 Honda Accord behind Magnolia Tucker, struck the rear of her vehicle.

"As Plaintiff's Decedent and Defendant's vehicles approached the intersection of Old St. Louis Road and South 74th Street, the traffic control signal light for the Eastbound lanes changed from green to yellow," the suit states. "At the above mentioned time and place, Plaintiff's decedent slowed and stopped her in compliance with the traffic control signal light. Defendant failed to stop and collided with the rear of Plaintiff's decedent's vehicle."

Because of the collision, Magnolia Tucker received injuries to various parts of her body, incurred medical bills, suffered extreme mental and physical pain and anguish and became partially disabled due to pain, causing her to lose wages, the complaint says.

Yvonne Tucker blames Mohammed for causing the accident, saying he failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to brake to avoid a collision, failed to swerve or change his direction to avoid a collision, failed to sound his horn, drove too fast, failed to reduce his speed and failed to keep his vehicle under proper control.

In her complaint, Yvonne Tucker seeks a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs.

John Turner of Belleville will be representing her.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-245.

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