Fatal Randolph County accident leads to suit

Andrea Dearden Feb. 24, 2012, 2:48am


An Illinois woman is suing the estate of a driver who was killed after she allegedly caused a collision on highway 150.

Meredith R. Middleton filed the lawsuit Feb. 6 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Belleville attorney Greg Shevlin, special representative for the estate of Mindi Mae June Rogers. Keith A. Yotter, the owner of the car Rogers was reportedly driving, is also named as a defendant.

According to the complaint, Middleton was driving her Dodge Nitro south on Illinois Route 150 in Randolph County in February 2010. Near the intersection of CR750, Middleton claims Rogers, who was driving her Ford Explorer north on Route 150, crossed the center line and caused a head-on crash. Middleton says the impact forced her off the road.

Rogers, who was allegedly driving without a license, was killed instantly in the crash, according to the complaint.

Middleton accuses Rogers of negligence and Yotter of negligent entrustment for allowing Rogers to get behind the wheel of the Explorer without being a licensed driver. Middleton is asking for more than $100,000 in damages for medical expenses, lost wages and court fees.

Middleton is represented by attorney Samantha Unsell of Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case No.12-L-69

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