A trial started Monday in Madison County Circuit Judge Andreas Matoesian's courtroom over a 2010 car wreck on the intersection of College and Jackson Avenues in Alton.

Plaintiff Clyde Wallace is suing Amanda Galbraith for more than $50,000 in damages for allegedly striking his 1995 Mercury Cougar on Jan. 4, 2010, as she was eastbound on College Avenue in her 2007 Toyota Corolla.

Wallace claims the impact caused by the wreck threw him on the hood of another vehicle and into its windshield, causing him to suffer internal and external injuries.

Wallace's vehicle was parked due to a previous collision with another vehicle.

Wallace was outside inspecting the vehicles from the collision he was in when Galbraith came along and could not see out of her icy windshield, the lawsuit states.

He also claims that Galbraith was texting and using her cell phone while driving at the time of the incident.

In the lawsuit, Wallace claims Galbraith allegedly failed to control her vehicle, failed to watch for other cars on the street, failed to stop her vehicle to avoid a collision, and failed to signal or sound her horn to warn the plaintiff.

Wallace claims Galbraith failed to slow down to avoid an accident and drove too fast for conditions and drove her vehicle without safe brakes.

Michael Glisson of Williamson, Webster, Falb & Glisson in Alton represents the plaintiff.

Deborah Bell Yates represents Amanda Galbraith.

The case is Madison County Case number 11-L-20.

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