Driver failed to maintain proper lookout, suit says

Kelly Holleran Jul. 1, 2010, 2:51am

A woman and her husband claim a driver failed to stop before striking their vehicle and causing the woman to sustain injuries.

Brandy L. Peralez and Victor Peralez claim Brandy L. Peralez was driving south on North Illinois Street near the Interstate 64 eastbound exit ramp in Fairview Heights on July 1, 2009, when defendant Shaneka C. Gunn, who was driving in the same direction, collided with their vehicle.

Because of the collision, Brandy L. Peralez was tossed with great force inside her vehicle, sustained injuries, suffered pain, incurred medical costs, lost wages and experienced a damaged earning capacity, according to the complaint filed June 21 in St. Clair County Circuit Court. Victor Peralez claims he lost his wife's consortium, services, friendship, companionship, income and sexual relationship because of the accident.

At the time of the collision, Gunn negligently failed to maintain a proper lookout, drove too fast, drove without adequate brakes, failed to properly apply her brakes, failed to have her vehicle equipped with a horn in working condition, failed to yield the right-of-way, failed to keep her vehicle under proper control, failed to stop or swerve to avoid a collision and allowed her vehicle to follow Brandy L. Peralez's too closely, the suit states.

In their two-count complaint, the Peralezes are seeking a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs.

Chris Kolker of Kolker Law Offices in Belleville will be representing them.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-306.

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