A woman has filed suit against the driver who she claims rear-ended her vehicle while she stopped in traffic.

Dawn Haas claims she was driving a 2003 Kia Sedona west on Illinois Route 168 in Belleville on June 14, 2010, at about 4:10 p.m. when defendant Tiffani Halvachs, who was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier in the same direction, struck Haas's Sedona, even though Haas's brake lights were lit.

Because of the collision, Haas sustained severe and permanent injuries to her neck, back, right arm and elbow and suffered great pain and mental anguish, according to the complaint filed May 10 in St. Clair County Circuit Court. She also incurred medical costs and lost wages, the suit states.

Halvachs negligently failed to keep her vehicle under proper control, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to stop before colliding with the rear of Haas's vehicle, failed to reduce her speed to avoid a collision, failed to timely apply her brakes, failed to pay attention to the traffic in front of her and drove too fast, the complaint says.

In her complaint, Haas is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs.

She will be represented by Ronald S. Motil of Beatty and Motil in Glen Carbon.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-252.

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