Old Troy Road accident is subject of suit

Kelly Holleran Jun. 21, 2010, 9:14am

The mother of a minor girl has filed suit against the driver who she says struck the vehicle in which her daughter was riding.

Barbara Ferrari claims her minor daughter, Francesca Ferrari, was riding in a 2003 Dodge Caravan that Desiree Jellen was driving south on Old Troy Road near its intersection with Glen Crossing Road in Madison County on Feb. 16, 2009, when defendant Sandra F. Anderson, who was driving a 2003 Ford Explorer north on the same road, attempted to make a left turn onto Glen Crossing Road. Anderson, however, disobeyed a traffic signal to make the turn and struck the Dodge, according to the complaint filed June 10 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Because of the accident, Francesca Ferrari sustained severe injuries, incurred medical costs and endured physical pain and suffering, the suit states. Barbara Ferrari claims she had to pay for her daughter's medical treatment.

The plaintiffs blame Anderson for causing the collision, saying she failed to avoid hitting a vehicle in which Francesca Ferrari was riding, failed to keep a proper lookout before entering an intersection, failed to reduce her speed to avoid a collision, failed to obey a traffic control signal, drove too fast, drove in a manner that endangered Francesca Ferrari's safety and failed to sufficiently decrease her speed when approaching an intersection.

Barbara Ferrari is seeking a judgment of more than $100,000 but less than $150,000, plus costs.

William S. Beatty and William H. Phillips of Beatty and Motil in Glen Carbon will be representing her.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-606.

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