A woman has filed suit against the driver who she says failed to stop at a stop sign and crashed into the front and side of her vehicle.

Stephanie A. Showalter filed a lawsuit Nov. 3 in Madison County Circuit Court against Mark A. Kerley and Karen A. Schinker.

Showalter claims she was driving north on Edgewood Avenue at its intersection with Johnson Road in Granite City on Sept. 23 when Kerley, who was driving east on Johnson Road, pulled into oncoming traffic and hit her.

"The Defendant, Karen A. Schinker, by and through her permissive driver, Mark A. Kerley, was operating a motor vehicle," the suit states.

Because of the accident, Schinker was made sick, sore, lame, disordered and disabled; received injuries to her neck and back; and incurred medical costs, according to the complaint. In addition, she suffered disability, experienced pain and suffering and lost wages, the suit states.

Showalter blames Kerley and Schinker for failing to keep a proper lookout, for driving in such a way that he struck her vehicle, for failing to properly apply his brakes, for driving too fast, for failing to stop at the stop sign and for failing to yield the right-of-way.

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

Thomas C. Rich and Jennifer L. Barbieri of Fairview Heights will be representing her.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1169.

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