A woman and man claim they suffered disability and disfigurement after a driver ran into the car in which they rode.

Latanya S. Ford and Alex D. Johnson Jr. filed two seperate lawsuits Jan. 6 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Travis G. Dillon.

Ford and Johnson claim Johnson drove a vehicle traveling south on Union Hill Road on April 26 when Dillon, who drove at the intersection of Union Hill Road and Frank Scott Parkway West in Caseyville, struck the vehicle. At the time of the collision, Ford rode in the vehicle with Johnson.

In addition to their disability and disfigurement, Ford and Johnson suffered great pain and mental anguish, lost earnings, incurred medical costs and experienced a diminished earning capacity because of the accident, according to the complaints.

Ford and Johnson blame Dillon for causing the collision, saying he negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, drove in such a manner so as to strike the vehicle in which Ford rode, failed to properly apply the brakes of his vehicle, failed to reduce his speed to avoid a collision and failed to yield to Johnson's vehicle, the suit states.

In each complaint, Ford and Johnson seek a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

Gregory M. Tobin of Pratt and Tobin in East Alton will be representing both Ford and Johnson.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case numbers: 11-L-5, 11-L-6.

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