Woman claims injuries as motorcycle passenger

Kelly Holleran Jan. 2, 2012, 1:14pm

A Missouri woman has filed suit against the drivers who she claims caused a motorcycle collision, resulting in injuries to her right and left legs.

Susan L. Wallace claims she was riding on a motorcycle defendant Egbert Dwayne Hepler was driving east on Illinois Route 140 near Prairietown Road in Madison on Aug. 21. Suddenly, defendant Jennifer Marie Yates, who was driving west on the same road, attempted to turn left into a driveway and struck them, according to the complaint filed Dec. 20 in Madison County Circuit Court.

In addition to her leg injuries, Wallace sustained left wrist, rib and scapula injuries and lost wages because of the collision, the suit states. She also incurred medical costs and was prevented from attending to her usual duties, the complaint says.

She partially blames Yates for causing the collision, saying Yates negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to yield to oncoming traffic, failed to exercise proper control over her vehicle, failed to brake and failed to signal her intention to turn left.

In addition, Wallace names Hepler as a defendant, saying he negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, drove too fast, failed to exercise proper control over his motorcycle and failed to brake.

In her two-count complaint, Wallace is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs.

Larry Darr of Schrempf, Kelly, Napp and Darr in Alton will be representing her.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-1406.

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