Suit seeks in excess of $50K over Route 111 accident

Kelly Holleran Oct. 19, 2012, 6:18am


A man has filed suit against the driver who he claims failed to yield the right-of-way and struck the driver's side of his vehicle.

Arno Sponeman claims he was driving a 2004 Lincoln Towncar west on Highway 162 near its intersection with Highway 111 in Madison on Oct. 16, 2011, when defendant Victoria Goss, who was driving a 2003 Ford Expedition on the same road, attempted to turn left onto Highway 111.

During the turn, Goss struck the driver's side, rear-quarter panel of Sponeman's vehicle, according to the complaint filed Oct. 4 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Because of the collision, Sponeman sustained injuries to his right shoulder, stomach and left leg; suffered great pain and mental anguish; and endured disability, the suit states. He also lost his normal life and incurred medical costs, the complaint says.

Sponeman blames Goss for causing the collision, saying she negligently failed to yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic, failed to keep her vehicle under proper control, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to stop to avoid a collision, failed to sound a proper warning to avoid of an impending collision, failed to reduce his speed to avoid a collision and drove without safe brakes.

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

Michael P. Glisson of Williamson, Webster, Falb and Glisson in Alton will be representing him.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-1590.

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