A woman has filed suit against the driver who she claims struck a security vehicle, pushing it into her automobile.

Candice Velazquez filed a lawsuit March 13 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Jayde D. Langley.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff was driving a 2013 Chrysler 200 Sedan east on Winters Street on Aug. 28 when she stopped at a red light in the turn lane. At the same time, the defendant, who was driving a 2007 Honda Pilot south on Ward Drive, attempted to make a right-hand turn onto West Winters Street at Scott Air Force Base, according to the complaint.

“The defendant, Jayde D. Langley, drove his vehicle through the intersection at Winters Street and Ward Drive and struck a 2011 Chevy Impala with its emergency lights and sirens on operated by Brian Harris causing the Security Forces vehicle to strike the vehicle of the plaintiff, Candice Valazquez, pushing the plaintiff’s vehicle backwards into another vehicle that resulted in personal injuries to the plaintiff,” the suit states.

Because of the collision, Velazquez suffered severe and permanent injuries, experienced disability and disfigurement and suffered physical and mental anguish, the complaint says. She also claims she incurred medical costs, has been unable to perform her work and has been impaired in her ability to perform her usual activities.

Langley negligently failed to keep his vehicle under proper control, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to see the Security Forces vehicle, failed to yield when approaching an intersection and failed to decrease his speed when approaching an intersection, according to the complaint.

Velazquez is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs. She will be represented by Stephen C. Buser of the Law Office of Stephen C. Buser in Columbia.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 14-L-218.

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