BELLEVILLE — A woman claims she was injured in a Smithton collision involving three vehicles.

Sandra Stern filed a complaint on Aug. 26, in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Michael Pittman, alleging that the motorist failed to properly operate his vehicle to avoid collision.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges she was operating a motor vehicle on April 3, 2015, traveling northbound on Main Street in Smithton when Pittman collided with the rear of another vehicle, which was then pushed forward and struck the rear of plaintiff's vehicle.

Stern claims she sustained bodily injuries and experienced pain, loss wages, impairment and medical expenses. 

She claims the defendant failed to keep proper lookout, failed to properly apply breaks and followed other vehicle more closely than reasonable.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against Pittman for damages in excess of $50,000 plus costs of this suit. She is represented by Thomas C. Rich, Kristina D. Cooksey and Michelle M. Rich of Rich, Rich & Cooksey PC in Fairview Heights.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-450

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