A St. Clair County man says he sustained severe and permanent injuries when a driver hit the vehicle in which he rode.

George L. Washington filed a lawsuit Jan. 28 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Timmy J. Francis and Frank L. Donaby.

Washington claims he rode in a vehicle Donaby drove north on Kingshighway at its intersection with Bunkum Road in Washington Park on Feb. 16, 2008, when Francis, who drove south on Kingshighway at the same intersection, disobeyed a traffic control device and turned left in front of Donaby's vehicle. At the time of the accident, Donaby also ran a red light, according to the complaint.

Because of the accident, Washington's muscles, ligaments, membranes, nerves and blood vessels on his chest, back and body became displaced, bruised, torn and injured and his nervous system sustained great shock and aggravation, according to the complaint. In addition, he suffered disability, severe pain and mental anguish and incurred medical costs, the suit states.

Washington blames the defendants for causing the accident, saying Francis negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to decrease his speed, failed to stop in time to avoid a collision, failed to reduce his speed, failed to obey traffic control devices and failed to yield the right-of-way.

Donaby negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to decrease his speed, failed to stop in time to avoid a collision, failed to reduce his speed to avoid an accident and failed to obey traffic control signals, the complaint says.

In the two-count suit, Washington seeks a judgment of more than $30,000, plus costs.

John B. Raffaelle of Collinsville will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-37.

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