A woman sustained severe and permanently disabling injuries after a driver failed to yield the right-of-way, crashing into her vehicle.

Kelly Beard filed a lawsuit Oct. 18 in Madison County Circuit Court against Chun S. Dupont.

Beard claims she drove south on North Bluff Road at its intersection with Horseshoe Lake Road in Collinsville on May 9 when Dupont attempted to make a left turn and struck her vehicle.

Because of the accident, Beard sustained great pain and mental anguish and suffered injuries to her head and neck, according to the complaint. In addition, she lost large sums of money because of her inability to pursue her normal occupation and incurred medical costs, the suit states.

Beard blames Dupont for causing the collision, saying he negligently failed to yield the right-of-way, failed to keep a proper lookout and failed to keep his vehicle under control.

In her complaint, Beard seeks a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs.

Bruce R. Cook of Cook, Ysursa, Bartholomew, Brauer and Shevlin in Belleville will be representing her.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-1073.

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