Driver rear-ended at stop sign sues

Kelly Holleran Nov. 17, 2011, 4:42am

A woman has filed suit against the driver who she claims rear-ended her vehicle while she sat stalled at a stop sign.

Susanna Pokojski claims she was driving north on Belleville Street near its intersection with St. Louis Street on Feb. 19, 2010, when she stopped at a stop sign and waited to turn right. Suddenly, defendant Brandi Carter, who was driving behind her, rear-ended her vehicle, according to the complaint filed Nov. 2 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Because of the collision, Pokojski sustained injuries to her back, neck, head, right arm, right shoulder, trunk and spinal column and has suffered headaches, the suit states. In addition, she suffered great physical pain and mental anguish, has been impaired in her ability to work, incurred medical costs and lost wages of $206, the complaint says.

Pokojski blames Carter for causing the collision, saying she negligently drove too fast, failed to keep a proper lookout ahead, failed to stop to avoid a collision and failed to warn of her impending approach.

In her complaint, Pokojski is seeking a sum of more than $50,000, plus costs.

Lynn A. Fischer of The Fischer Law Firm in Clayton will be representing her.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-618.

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