Two women have filed suit against the driver who they say rear-ended the vehicle in which they were riding as it was stopped at a red light.

Deanna Yeargen claims she was stopped at a red traffic light on Maryville Road near its intersection with Pontoon Road in Granite City on May 5, 2008, when defendant Lucille James struck her vehicle. At the time of the collision, co-plaintiff Mary Byrd was riding as a passenger in Yeargen's vehicle, according to the complaint filed April 1 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Because of the accident, Yeargen sustained injuries to her head, neck, back and other parts of her body; endured pain and suffering; and incurred medical costs, the suit states. Byrd suffered injuries to her shoulder, neck, head and other parts of her body; experienced pain and suffering; and incurred medical expenses, the complaint says.

The plaintiffs blame James for causing the accident, saying she negligently failed to decrease her speed to avoid a collision, followed Yeargen's vehicle too closely, failed to obey the instructions of a traffic control device, failed to keep a proper lookout ahead, failed to keep her vehicle under safe and proper control and failed to drive a vehicle with adequate brakes.

In their two-count complaint, Yeargen seeks a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just. Byrd seeks a judgment of more than $15,000 but less than $50,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

Pete Naylor of Hupy and Abraham in Gurnee will be representing them.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-371.

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