John Wayne and wife sue over injuries

Kelly Holleran Feb. 24, 2011, 9:34am

A Wood River couple has filed suit against the driver who they say collided with their vehicle after failing to yield the right-of-way at an intersection.

Rebecca and John Wayne claim Rebecca Wayne was driving north on Godfrey Road just south of its intersection with Martin Luther King Drive in Godfrey on July 20 at about 12:13 p.m. when the collision occurred.

"As Ms. Wayne approached the intersection of Godfrey Road and Martin Luther King Drive, the traffic control light for her direction of traffic was green," the suit filed Feb. 15 in Madison County Circuit Court states. "She proceeded to enter the intersection at which time the motor vehicle being driven by Mr. Jackson unexpectedly and without warning turned and struck Ms. Wayne's vehicle causing the injuries and damages hereinafter specified."

Because of the collision, Rebecca Wayne suffered injuries to her left hip, left and right arms, right hand and her rib cage and incurred medical costs, according to the complaint. In addition, she suffered great pain and mental anguish, lost wages and has been unable to attend to her normal duties, the complaint says.

John Wayne claims he has lost his wife's love, society, companionship, affection, consortium, support and services.

In their complaint, the Waynes blame defendant Jason Jackson for causing the collision, saying he negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to see things that were visible, failed to keep his vehicle under control, failed to yield the right-of-way and failed to use every precaution to avoid a collision.

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

Keith Short and Noel L. Smith Jr. of Mallon Law Firm in Wood River will be representing them.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-148.

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