The passenger in a vehicle blames the driver for causing her serious injuries after the driver allegedly caused the vehicle to leave the road.

Natalie A. Harmon claims she was riding in a vehicle defendant Carly A. Strasen was driving in the 100 block of Culp Lane near Bethalto on Jan. 4, 2008.

"At the above described time, place and location, defendant, Carly A. Strasen, lost control of the 2000 Isuzu Amigo she was driving, thereby causing the vehicle to leave the roadway, strike a fence, and roll over numerous times," the suit filed June 25 in Madison County Circuit Court states.

Because of the accident, Natalie Harmon was made sick, sore, lame and disordered; suffered severe injuries to her head, back, neck and legs; experienced pain and suffering; incurred substantial medical costs; suffered disability and disfigurement; and lost wages, according to the complaint.

At the time of the accident, Natalie Harmon was a minor, and her father, James T. Harmon, is named as a co-plaintiff because he says he incurred substantial medical costs in treating his daughter.

Carly Strasen negligently failed to keep her vehicle under proper control, drove too fast and failed to brake to avoid leaving the road, the complaint says.

In addition to Carly Strasen, Richard Strasen is named as a defendant because he owned the 2000 Isuzu Amigo that Carly Strasen drove, the Harmons claim. They say he should not have lent his car to an inexperienced driver.

In their four-count complaint, the Harmons seek a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs, medical expenses incurred and other relief the court deems just.

Robert H. Gregory of the Law Office of Robert H. Gregory in East Alton will be representing them.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-676.

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