Driver accused of failing to avoid Swansea accident

Andrea Dearden Mar. 25, 2011, 3:30am

A St. Clair County woman is suing the driver and the owner of a vehicle that allegedly crashed into her.

Janet Thomas filed the complaint Feb. 18 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Ernest Allen and Joyce Allen.

Thomas says she was driving north on Illinois 159 on Jan. 28. As she approached the intersection of South Service Street in Swansea, Ernest Allen allegedly pulled out in front of her, crashing into the front of Thomas' vehcile. Thomas says she was hurt in the crash.

Thomas accuses the Allens of negligence. She contends Ernest Allen is liable for not avoiding the crash and Joyce is liable for allowing him to drive her car.

Thomas is asks for at least $50,000 in damages for medical expenses, lost wages and court costs. She is represented by attorneys Thomas C. Rich and Kristina D. Cooksey of Fairview Heights.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case No. 11-L-84

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