Driver claims injuries in O'Fallon accident

Kelly Holleran Aug. 24, 2010, 9:52am

A man has filed suit against the driver who he claims struck his vehicle head on, causing him to suffer great pain and anguish.

Wendell Johnson claims he was driving a 2006 Ford F Series 4x2 west on U.S. Highway 50 near its intersection with Lakepointe Centre Drive in O'Fallon on Aug. 5, 2008, when defendant Arthur D. Knight III, who was driving a 2004 Dodge Neon east on the same road, failed to yield to a traffic signal and struck Johnson's vehicle head on.

In addition to his great pain and anguish, Johnson suffered severe and permanent injuries and was hindered and prevented from attending to his usual duties, according to the complaint filed July 26 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Knight negligently failed to stop or swerve at the sign of an impending collision, drove without sufficient control, drove too fast, drove without keeping an adequate lookout and failed to equip his vehicle with adequate brakes, the suit states.

In his complaint, Johnson is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs.

Kenneth B. Beljanski of Wendell Johnson in Fairview Heights will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-392.

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