Michael Abella Jul. 29, 2016, 2:08pm


EDWARDSVILLE – A woman claims she was injured when her vehicle was struck by an allegedly distracted driver.

Mary K. Lytle Gaines filed a complaint on July 21 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Charles M. Jerden alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Aug. 29, 2014, while she was driving in the city of Venice, the rear of her car struck by the defendant. She alleges she was badly injured and suffered from mental anguish, lost earnings and sustained property damage. The plaintiff holds Charles M. Jerden responsible because the defendant allegedly drove while distracted, failed to keep a proper lookout and failed to timely apply brakes.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant in a sum of more than $50,000 and the costs of this suit and whatever the court deems appropriate. She is represented by Gregory M. Tobin of Pratt and Tobin PC in East Alton.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-L-1036

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