Driver forced woman to strike light pole, suit claims

Kelly Holleran Oct. 20, 2011, 3:23am


A woman has filed suit against the driver who she claims forced her to strike a light pole.

Anne L. Bormida claims she was driving south on Illinois 159 at its intersection with Moro Road in Fort Russell on Nov. 2, 2009. At the same time, defendant Tyler Mackenzie Watt was driving a vehicle owned by defendant Folsom Distribution east on Moro Road when he encountered Bormida's vehicle, according to the complaint filed Oct. 17 in Madison County Circuit Court.

"Plaintiff, Anne L. Bormida, was forced to take evasive action to avoid colliding with the Defendant's vehicle, and consequently the vehicle driven by Plaintiff, Anne L. Bormida, collided with a light pole," the suit states.

Because of the collision, Bormida sustained serious and disabling injuries and incurred medical costs, the complaint says. In addition, she claims she experienced great pain, suffering and emotional distress and was unable to carry out her duties.

Watt negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to stop when faced with a traffic control signal, drove too fast, failed to decrease his speed to avoid a collision and failed to yield the right-of-way, according to the complaint.

In her two-count complaint, Bormida is seeking a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs.

Gregory D. Abel, Charles A. Lukis, Julie A. Blanks and Craig D. Queen of Hausmann-McNally in Decatur will be representing her.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-1064.

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