Carol Ostrow Sep. 15, 2015, 9:40am


A St. Clair County resident is suing a motorist for alleged vehicular negligence in a collision, which she claims was caused by the defendant’s failure to obey a traffic light.

Melanie L. Nesbit of Shiloh filed a lawsuit on Aug. 19 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Ronda J. Morris of Caseyville, alleging negligence in the August 2014 intersection crash.

According to the complaint, Nesbit was headed northbound on Vandalia Street near its junction with Clay Street on Aug. 10, 2014, when the defendant, headed west on Clay, allegedly crashed “violently” into the plaintiff’s vehicle, causing personal injuries to the plaintiff.

The suit charges the defendant with breach of duty and negligence for disobeying a traffic signal, failing to keep a proper lookout for other vehicles, yield to traffic, reduce speed to avoid an accident, apply brakes, maneuver or steer the automobile and stop before colliding with the plaintiff.

Nesbit alleges head, neck and back injuries, pain and suffering, disability and disfigurement, lost income, and medical expenses as a direct and proximate result of the defendant’s actions.

The plaintiff seeks judgment in her favor for more than $50,000 plus attorney’s fees and costs. She is represented by Marc Parker of Parker Law in Maryville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-467

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