Father sues over daughter's auto accident injuries

Andrea Dearden Oct. 20, 2012, 2:49am

A St. Clair County man says his daughter was hurt when the car she was riding in turned left in front of another car.

John Hammond, on behalf of his minor daughter, filed a lawsuit in St. Clair County Circuit Court Sept. 25 against Samantha Thomas and Christopher Fries.

According to the complaint, Hammond's daughter was a passenger in a car being driven by Thomas in August.

Thomas was driving east on South Morrison, Hammond says, when she tried to turn left onto Carl Drive. At the same time, Fries was heading west on South Morrison. Hammond claims Thomas failed to use her turn signal and turned in front of Fries, who was allegedly driving above the speed limit, causing the cars to collide.

Hammond accuses both drivers of negligence and, on behalf of his daughter, asks for more than $100,000 in damages for medical expenses and costs of the lawsuit.

He is represented by attorney Justin B. Mattea of Collinsville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case No. 12-L-507

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