The plaintiff in an accident suit stemming from a crash near Wentzville, Mo. more than 10 years ago walked away with a little under $6,000 in damages Thursday.

The jury deliberated for less than two hours before awarding Sherri Pate $5,795.56 Jan. 7. The trial began Monday and was the first to go in Madison County's civil courtrooms in 2010.

Pate sued Patricia Dieu for negligence, first in 2000. She refiled her case in 2007.

Her suit sought damages of at least $50,000 and costs.

According to her complaint, Dieu drove too fast in a construction zone and did not know how to drive properly while pulling a trailer. Pate was her passenger.

The car rolled off the highway and Pate claimed she was injured.
The jury's award included $3,995.56 for Pate's medical bills, $900 for her loss of a normal life and $900 for pain and suffering.

Pate was represented by Michael Reid.

Dieu was represented by William Starnes II.

Madison County Circuit Judge Andy Matoesian presided.

The case is Madison case number 07-L-795.

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