Passenger sues driver for violent auto accident injuries

By Kelly Holleran | Sep 22, 2009

The mother of a minor girl claims her daughter was thrown from a vehicle in which she was riding after it rolled over an embankment at 60 to 70 miles per hour.

Jamie Bryant, by her mother, Nikki Wiley, filed a lawsuit Sept. 16 in Madison County Circuit Court against Brittany Rizzi.

Wiley alleges Bryant was riding in a vehicle Razzi was driving west on Illinois Route 4 near its intersection with Wiseman Road in Omphghent on Oct. 31, 2006.

"Due to the excessive and unsafe rate of speed at which the Defendant, Brittany Rizzi, was operating the motor vehicle, she lost control of the motor vehicle, thereby causing the motor vehicle to violently leave the roadway and flip over at least three times at an estimated speed of between 60 and 70 miles per hour," the suit states.

While the vehicle rolled, Bryant was "violently" tossed about inside it before she was ejected and hit the ground face first, according to the complaint.

Because of the accident, Bryant suffered severe and permanent injuries, disability and disfigurement, sustained great physical pain, suffering and mental anguish and experienced an impairment of her everyday life activities, the complaint says. In addition, she incurred substantial medical costs and was hindered from her pursuit of a normal education, which will cause her to lose large sums of money she otherwise would have earned, Wiley claims.

Wiley also incurred substantial medical costs and was hindered from her normal employment, causing her to also lose money, according to the complaint.

Wiley blames Rizzi for driving too fast, for exceeding the maximum speed limit, for failing to exercise due care, for failing to drive with due regard for the safety of all people, for failing to keep her vehicle under proper control and for failing to reduce her speed.

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

S. Russell Meyer and Amy M. Meyer of Meyer Law Firm in Alton will be representing her.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-982.

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