Driver fled scene, now woman is afraid to use vehicle, suit claims

By Kelly Holleran | Jul 6, 2009

A Godfrey woman has filed suit against a man who she says crashed into her vehicle, then fled the scene of the accident.

Sharon M. Rose says she was driving north on Humbert Road in Godfrey on Jan. 12 at about 7:14 p.m. when Matthew T. Mangara, who was attempting to turn south onto Humbert Road from Seiler Road, hit her car.

Immediately, Mangara fled the scene, requiring Rose to chase him, according to the complaint filed June 29 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Because of the accident, Rose says her neck and shoulders were bruised, crushed and displaced, she was prevented from attending to her usual duties and she incurred medical costs. She also lost sums of money, according to the complaint.

Since the accident, Rose has been afraid to use her vehicle and has lost its use except when it is absolutely necessary, the complaint says. A comparable rental vehicle would cost about $45 per day, she claims.

Mangara negligently failed to yield the right-of-way, failed to reduce his speed to avoid a collision and failed to keep a proper lookout for Rose, the suit states.

In the two-count suit, Rose is seeking a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs.

Bob L. Perica of The Perica Law Firm in Wood River will be representing her.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-677.

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