Woman who drove through apartment building sued posthumously

By Kelly Holleran | Apr 9, 2009

A woman has filed suit against the estate of a recently deceased woman, claiming injuries after the deceased woman hit a parked car then drove through an apartment building.

Deborah Church claims she was riding in a car driven by Diane R. Anderson on May 30, 2007, when the collision occurred in Collinsville on Ramada Drive.

According to the complaint filed April 7 in Madison County Circuit Court, Anderson was driving her car into a parking lot when she lost control of her vehicle.

After she hit a parked car, she was pushed into the garage door of 1933 Ramada and the dividing block between 1933 and 1937 Ramada before coming to rest, the suit states.

Church says Anderson also drove through the garage door and sidewall of 1937 Ramada.

Because of the accident, Church sustained temporary and permanent injuries, incurred medical expenses and has been prevented from attending to her usual duties, according to the complaint.

Anderson was negligent because she drove too fast, failed to exercise proper control, failed to properly brake and failed to drive within the road, the suit states.

In the two-count suit Church filed against Tom Tyson, the executor of Anderson's estate, she is seeking a judgment in excess of $100,000, plus costs.

She is represented by Lanny Darr of Schrempf, Kelly, Napp and Darr in Alton.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-333.

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