ESL accident is subject of suit

By Kelly Holleran | Jun 30, 2009

Two women say their necks and backs were injured after a man attempting to make a left turn from a right lane struck the passenger side vehicle of the automobile in which they were riding.

Shanika L. Williams says she was driving east in the 6800 block of State Street in East St. Louis on April 8. Brittany Schroyer says she was a passenger in the vehicle at the time.

Jawon M. Willis was also driving in the same direction as the two women, and collided with them when he attempted to make a left turn from a lane to the women's right, according to the complaint filed June 19 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

In addition to their injuries, both women say they were made sick, sore, lame, disordered and disabled, received injuries to the soft tissues of their cervical and lumbar areas and incurred medical costs. They also suffered disability, lost wages and experienced pain and suffering, the suit states.

Willis negligently failed to keep a proper lookout for other vehicles, drove in such a way that he struck Williams's vehicle, failed to properly apply his brakes, drove too fast and failed to yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic, the complaint says.
In the two-count suit, the plaintiffs are seeking a judgment in excess of $100,000, plus costs.

Thomas C. Rich and Jennifer L. Barbieri of the law office of Thomas C. Rich in Fairview Heights will be representing them.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-326.

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