Cahokia driver making left hand turn in front of other car caused accident, suit says

Kelly Holleran Jun. 8, 2012, 5:00am

Two women have filed suit against the driver who they claim crashed into a vehicle while the driver was attempting to make a left-hand turn.

Shirley Johnson claims she was driving west on Camp Jackson Road at its intersection with Delores Street in Cahokia on Oct. 4, 2011, at 6:04 p.m. when defendant Jennifer L. Tuepker, who was driving east on the same road, made a left turn in front of Johnson's vehicle, causing a collision. At the time of the collision, Tavia Fisher was riding as a passenger in Johnson's vehicle.

Because of the collision, Johnson and Fisher became sick, sore, lame, disordered and disabled; and incurred medical costs, the suit states. In addition, they experienced pain and suffering, lost wages and sustained an impaired earning capacity, the complaint says. Johnson claims she suffered injuries to her head, body, neck, back and chest while Fisher says she sustained injuries to her neck, shoulder and right hand and thumb.

Johnson blames Tuepker for causing the collision, saying she negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to apply her brakes, drove while under the influence of alcohol, drove too fast and drove without adequate brakes.

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

John H. Hustava of Collinsville will be representing them.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-272.

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