Alton accident is subject of Madison County suit

By Kelly Holleran | Jul 4, 2011

A couple claims they incurred medical costs after a driver who ran a red light caused a multi-car collision.

William and Maggie Moorfield filed a lawsuit June 20 in Madison County Circuit Court against Walter Page and Cheryl Shorter.

In their complaint, the Moorfields allege they were traveling on Washington Avenue in Alton on Feb. 14 when they stopped at its intersection with Homer Adams Parkway for a red light. At the same time, Shorter was proceeding through the same intersection, traveling in the opposite direction of the Moorfields, according to the complaint.

"Defendant Walter Page's motor vehicle T-boned defendant Cheryl Shorter's motor vehicle, causing defendants' vehicles to either directly come into contact with plaintiffs' motor vehicle, or act as the force to thrust other motor vehicles at plaintiff," the suit states.

In addition to their medical costs, the Moorfields experienced pain and suffering and lost wages because of the collision, the complaint says.

They blame Page for causing the accident, saying he negligently failed to stop or swerve to avoid a collision, failed to keep a proper lookout, drove too fast and disregarded traffic signals.

They also say Shorter was partially responsible for the collision because she negligently failed to stop or swerve to avoid a collision, failed to keep a proper lookout and drove too fast.

In their two-count complaint, the Moorfields seek a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

Peter J. Maag of Wood River will be representing them.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-587.

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