A St. Clair County woman blames a California driver and a fellow St. Clair Countian for causing her minor son's alleged severe injuries following an accident.

Ieasha Cotton filed a lawsuit on behalf of her minor son, identified only as A.D., in St. Clair County Circuit Court on Feb. 22 against Eric P. Johnson and Mary L. Mosley.

Cotton claims Mosley drove a 2000 Grand Caravan south in the 2600 block of North Illinois Street in Swansea on Oct. 7, 2008, at about 11:28 a.m. At the same time, Johnson drove a 2009 Dodge Journey in the same direction, according to the complaint.

"At said time and place, Defendant, Mary Mosley, caused said Caravan to enter the center turn-lane between the northbound and southbound lanes of North Illinois Street in anticipation of making a left-hand turn," the suit states. "Following said Caravan's entrance into said turn-lane, Defendant, Eric P. Johnson, caused said Journey to enter said turn-lane. At said time and place, said vehicles collided with one another."

Because of the accident, Cotton's minor son suffered severe injuries; experienced great physical pain, mental anguish, disability, disfigurement and loss of a normal life; and incurred medical costs, the complaint says. Cotton also incurred medical costs on behalf of her son, she claims.

Cotton holds Johnson partially responsible for causing the collision, saying he failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to reduce his speed to avoid a collision, failed to keep his vehicle under proper control, failed to maintain a reasonable speed, failed to sound his horn to avoid a collision, failed to keep a proper lookout ahead, failed to yield the right-of-way to Mosley and failed to obey the rules of the road.

Cotton also blames Mosley for the accident, saying she negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to reduce her speed to avoid a collision, failed to keep her vehicle under proper control, failed to maintain a reasonable speed to avoid a collision, failed to sound her horn to avoid a collision, failed to keep a proper lookout ahead, failed to yield the right-of-way to Johnson and failed to obey the rules of the road.

In her four-count complaint, Cotton seeks a judgment of more than $200,000, plus other relief the court deems just.

Michael J. Garavalia of Becker, Paulson, Hoerner and Thompson in Belleville will be representing her.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-83.

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