A Nebraska woman is accused of causing a collision at the I-64 entrance ramp off Highway 50 as the plaintiff was turning on a green arrow.

Plaintiff Jamika Coleman of St. Clair County filed the lawsuit against Weather D. Smith of Nebraska on Oct. 29 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court.

According to the complaint, Coleman was traveling east on Highway 50 in O’Fallon Township at approximately 8:15 a.m., while Smith was traveling west in the same location. Coleman claims she had a green arrow indicating a safe turn and attempted to take the entrance ramp onto I-64 when Smith struck the front end of her vehicle.

Coleman alleges Smith owed her “a duty of the highest care and caution,” the suit states.
Smith is accused of negligence for failing to keep a careful lookout, failing to conceded right of way to avoid an accident, failing to operate her vehicle at a speed reasonable and proper under the conditions that existed so as not to endanger the safety of persons or property and failing to decrease the speed of her vehicle as necessary to avoid colliding with persons or vehicles.

Coleman claims she sustained injuries as a result of the collision, including neck pain, chest pain and abdominal pain.

The plaintiff demands a trial by jury and seeks a judgment for more than $50,000 and costs of the suit.

James W. Eason of The Eason Law Firm, LLC in St. Louis represents the plaintiff.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 14-L-717

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