Washington Park accident is subject to suit

Kelly Holleran Mar. 25, 2011, 3:40am

A woman claims she suffered disability and disfigurement when a driver failed to yield the right-of-way at a stop sign, striking her vehicle.

Lora Simpson filed a lawsuit March 3 in Jefferson County District Court against Truman Wahl.

Simpson claims she drove a 2003 Dodge van north on Route 111 at its intersection with St. Clair Avenue in Washington Park on Jan. 6 when Wahl, who drove a 2010 Ford Explorer east on St. Clair Avenue, failed to obey a red light and struck Simpson.

In addition to the disability and disfigurement she sustained, Simpson experienced pain and suffering, incurred medical costs and lost her income, according to the complaint.

Simpson blames Wahl for causing the collision, saying he negligently disobeyed a red light, failed to yield the right-of-way, failed to keep a proper lookout and failed to reduce his speed to avoid a collision. In addition, Wahl failed to keep his vehicle under control and failed to use ordinary care, the suit states.

In her complaint, Simpson seeks actual damages of more than $50,000, plus costs.

Kevin Boyne of Belleville will be representing her.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-109.

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