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ACCIDENT BRIEF: Mother's estate sues over fatal Alton crash

By Dan Harkins | Jun 5, 2015

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The estate of a mother of two who died in a collision with a tractor-trailer in Alton is suing the driver and the semi's owner allegedly responsible for the crash.

Kimberly Carrington, as administrator of the estate of Stephanie Carrington, filed a complaint on April 30 in Madison County Circuit Court against David E. Rowe and Con-Way Freight.

At 4:38 a.m. on April 23, 2015, Stephanie Carrington was in Alton and driving west on College Avenue in her 2005 Ford Explorer, the suit states. At the same time, David Rowe, in his Cascadia Freightliner tractor-trailer, was heading north on U.S. Highway 67, approaching the intersection with College Avenue, when he allegedly collided with Carrington's Explorer and killed her on impact, the lawsuit states.

According to the complaint, Rowe was negligent when he didn't obey a traffic device, didn't brake, didn't keep a lookout for other vehicles and drove at an unsafe speed under the conditions into the intersection.

The deceased is survived by two girls, who now live with the plaintiff.

Alleging a count of negligence against the driver and another count of vicarious liability against Con-Way Freight, the plaintiff seeks damages in excess of $50,000, plus costs.

The plaintiff is represented by Lanny Darr at Schrempf, Kelly, Napp and Darr in Alton.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 15-L-551.

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