A Collinsville woman has filed suit against the driver who she claims rear-ended her vehicle.
Antionette M. Smith claims she was riding in her 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix, which defendant Lee A. Brown was driving west on the Martin Luther King Bridge in East St. Louis, on July 2, 2010, when defendant Kurtis R. Bragg, who was driving a 2008 Mercury Mountaineer on the bridge, suddenly braked. Brown then quickly braked his vehicle, and defendant Kiel J. Bragg, who was driving a 2008 Mercury Milan on the bridge, struck the rear of the Grand Prix. In turn, Brown lost control of the Pontiac and rear-ended Bragg's vehicle, according to the complaint filed Feb. 27 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.
Because of the accident, Smith was hindered from attending to her normal duties, lost wages, suffered a great deal of pain and anguish and incurred medical costs, the suit states.
Smith blames Brown for causing the collision, saying he negligently drove too fast, failed to warn of an impending collision, failed to keep the vehicle under proper control, failed to keep a proper lookout for other vehicles and failed to apply his brakes, among other negligent acts.
Kiel Bragg negligently drove too fast, failed to keep his vehicle under proper control, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to warn with his horn, failed to apply his brakes, failed to stop his vehicle when danger was imminent and failed to reduce his speed to avoid a collision, the complaint says.
Kurtis Bragg negligently drove too fast, failed to keep his vehicle under proper game, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to give an audible warning with his horn, failed to apply his brakes, failed to stop when danger was imminent and failed to reduce his speed to avoid a collision, Smith alleges.
In her three-count complaint, Smith is seeking a judgment of more than $150,000, plus costs.
She will be represented by Mark C. Scoggins, Anthony P. Gilbreth and Natalie M. Sager of Crowder and Scoggins in Columbia.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-106.