Neck injuries claimed in I-64 accident

Kelly Holleran Aug. 3, 2010, 9:33am

A woman claims she sustained neck, shoulder and low back injuries after an intoxicated driver struck her on the interstate.

Letitia Griffin filed a lawsuit July 16 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Kevin Wesselman and Lisa R. McCarty.

Griffin claims she drove west on Interstate 64 near milepost 9 on Nov. 20 when Wesselman, who drove in the same direction, rear-ended her vehicle.

In addition to her injuries, Griffin became sick, sore, lame, disordered and disabled and incurred medical costs, according to the complaint. In addition, she suffered disability, experienced pain and suffering and lost wages, the suit states.

She blames Wesselman for causing the collision, saying he failed to keep a proper lookout, struck the rear of her vehicle, failed to properly apply his brakes, drove too fast, followed her vehicle too closely and drove under the influence of intoxicating beverages.

At the time of the collision, Wesselman drove a vehicle belonging to McCarty. Griffin says McCarty should never have lent her vehicle to Wesselman because she should have known him to be an incompetent, inexperienced and reckless driver.

In her two-count complaint, Griffin seeks a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs.

Thomas C. Rich and Kristina D. Cooksey of Fairview Heights will be representing her.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-363.

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