Molly English-Bowers Dec. 14, 2015, 1:07pm


An Illinois motorist is suing another driver, alleging negligence for an accident that occurred in the parking lot of a Fairview Heights department store.

Cathy Copeland filed a lawsuit on Nov. 16 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Jennifer Poole, alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, on May 19, Copeland was driving through the parking lot of a T.J. Maxx in Fairview Heights when Poole backed up her vehicle and struck the plaintiff's vehicle.

The suit says the defendant was driving at an excessive rate of speed and failed to yield the right of way.

The plaintiff says she suffered extensive bodily injuries, especially to her neck, jaw and back. She has spent monies seeking medical care and expects to pay more in the future. The lawsuit states she has also lost wages and expects her future earning capacity to suffer.

Copeland seeks at least $50,000, plus court costs and attorney fees. She is represented by attorneys Thomas C. Rich, Kristina Cooksey and Michelle M. Rich of Fairview Heights.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-657.

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