A woman has filed suit against the driver whom she alleges rear-ended her vehicle, then swerved and hit her driver's side door.

Bianca R. Timmermann alleges she was driving a 2006 Kia Optima on state Route 4 on Jan. 5, at about 3:30 p.m. when she slowed and attempted to merge into a center turn lane to make a left turn. 

Suddenly, defendant Austin J. Peterson struck the back of her vehicle, then swerved and struck her driver's side door, according to the complaint filed Jan. 6 in St. Clair County Circuit Court. Defendant Rebecca L. Velazquez also struck Peterson's vehicle, the suit states.

Because of the collision, Timmermann became sick, sore, lame, disordered and disabled and suffered extensive injuries to her back, neck, head, face, jaw, body and limbs, the suit states. She also incurred medical costs, suffered disability, lost her normal life and experienced pain and suffering, the complaint says.

She blames Peterson for causing the collision, saying he negligently drove too fast, failed to see her vehicle when it could be seen, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to keep his vehicle under proper control, failed to turn or swerve to avoid an accident and failed to reduce his speed to avoid a collision.

She also blames Velazquez, saying she negligently drove too fast, failed to see her vehicle when it could be seen, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to keep her vehicle under proper control, failed to turn or swerve to avoid an accident and failed to reduce his speed to avoid a collision.

Timmerman seeks a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs. She will be represented by attorney Daniel R. Price of Wham and Wham Attorneys in Centralia.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 15-L-2.

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