Driver claims injuries in Edwardsville accident

Kelly Holleran Sep. 14, 2012, 4:36am

A woman has filed suit against the driver who she claims failed to yield the right-of-way at an intersection, causing a "violent collision" in Edwardsville.

Ida J. Rios claims she was driving a 2002 Chevrolet S10 north on South University Drive on March 16, 2011, at about 3:03 p.m. when defendant Jeffrey L. Hicks, who was driving a 2010 Ford E-250 west on Supporting Services Road, failed to yield the right-of-way at the intersection and struck Rios's vehicle.

Because of the collision, Rios sustained severe and permanent injuries, experienced physical pain and suffering and incurred medical costs, according to the complaint filed Sept. 7 in Madison County Circuit Court. She also lost money from the pursuit of her normal occupation, the suit states.

Hicks negligently failed to stop at an intersection, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to stop or swerve to avoid a collision and drove the vehicle in such a manner so as to strike Rios's vehicle, the complaint says.

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

She will be represented by Matthew R. Chapman of Becker, Schroader and Chapman in Granite City.

Madison County District Court case number: 12-L-1438.

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