Accident victim claims driver was intoxicated

Kelly Holleran Jul. 22, 2010, 3:13am

A woman has filed suit against the allegedly intoxicated driver who she says caused a collision.

Amanda M. Myers claims she was driving a 1993 Ford Explorer west on Interstate 55 in Nameoki on July 14, 2008, when defendant Michael W. Robey Jr., who was driving a 1977 Buick Electra in the same lane, rear-ended her vehicle. The collision forced her vehicle off the road, causing it to strike a median guide wire, according to the complaint filed July 9 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Because of the accident, Myers sustained injuries to her ribs, hip, neck and leg; experienced pain and suffering; incurred medical costs; lost her earnings and suffered an impaired earning capacity; suffered disfigurement and disability; lost her normal life, the suit states.

Robey negligently failed to maintain a proper lookout, failed to reduce his speed to avoid a collision, followed Myers' vehicle too closely, drove with a blood alcohol concentration level of more than .08, drove under the influence of alcohol and drove under the influence of an intoxicating compound or a combination of them, the complaint says.

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

John D. Simmons of Frederick and Hagle in Urbana will be representing her.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-728.

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