Woman accuses driver of causing rear-end collision

By The Madison County Record | Apr 9, 2014


A woman has filed suit against the driver who she claims rear-ended her vehicle while she was sitting at a red light.

Kathryn Sipes filed suit March 26 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Frank Leffert.

According to the complaint, Sipes stopped her 2005 Dodge Neon at a red light at the intersection of North Center and Vadalabene Drive in Maryville on March 28, 2012, when the defendant, who was driving a 2004 Ford station wagon, struck the back of her vehicle.

Because of the accident, Sipes suffered injuries to her neck, shoulders, back, arms and hips, endured great pain and mental anguish, suffered disability and lost her normal life, according to the complaint. She also incurred medical costs, the suit states.

Sipes blames Leffert for causing the collision, saying he failed to reduce his speed to avoid an accident, drove without safe brakes, failed to keep his vehicle under proper control, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to stop in time to avoid a collision, failed to sound his horn in time to avoid a collision and failed to reduce his speed to avoid an accident.

Sipes is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs. She will be represented by Michael P. Glisson of Williamson, Webster, Falb and Glisson in Alton.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 14-L-476.

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