Smithton women sue over Route 159 accident

Andrea Dearden Feb. 23, 2011, 1:40am

Two Smithton women are asking for at least $100,000 in damages after they were allegedly hurt in a crash as they tried to turn into their driveway.

Sarah Burgess and Susan Russell filed a lawsuit against Tina M. Gerfen Jan. 27 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Russell says she was a passenger in the car being driven by Burgess in September 2010. As they attempted to turn left into their driveway along Route 159 in Smithton, the two say they were hit by Gerfen who was allegedly passing cars in the opposite lane of traffic.

Both Burgess and Russell accuse Gerfen of negligence and are each asking more than $100,000 in damages for medical expenses, loss of income and court costs.

Attorney Bruce R. Cook III of Belleville is representing Burgess and Russell.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case No. 11-L-44

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