Fairview Heights and driver sued over North Illinois accident

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 4, 2011

A woman claims an employee for the city of Fairview Heights rear-ended her vehicle.

Pamela Ann Lee filed a lawsuit Nov. 30 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Kathleen I. Burris and the city of Fairview Heights.

Lee claims she drove north on North Illinois Street in St. Clair County on Dec. 6, 2009, when Burris, who drove in the same direction, failed to keep a proper lookout and struck her vehicle.

At the time of the collision, Burris drove a vehicle for the city of Fairview Heights, according to the complaint.

Because of the collision, Lee suffered permanent injuries, experienced great pain and mental anguish and incurred substantial medical costs, the suit states. In addition, she lost wages, the complaint says.

Lee blames Burris for causing the collision, saying Burris negligently drove without keeping a proper lookout, drove too fast, failed to decrease her speed to avoid a collision, failed to yield the right-of-way and failed to equip her vehicle with adequate brakes. In addition, Lee negligently failed to sound her horn, according to the complaint.

In her two-count complaint, Lee seeks a judgment in excess of the minimum jurisdictional limits, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

Mark C. Scoggins, Clay B. St. Clair and Anthony P. Gilbreth of Crowder and Scoggins in Columbia will be representing her.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-623.

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