A Monroe County woman is suing the driver of a truck she was riding in after he allegedly ran a stop sign near New Memphis and crashed into a ditch.

Michelle A. Bates filed a lawsuit against Tracy L. White Aug. 20 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

According to the complaint, Bates was a passenger in a truck White was driving east on Church Road in September 2011. At the intersection of Illinois Highway 160, White allegedly failed to stop at the stop sign, drove the truck into a field and crashed into a ditch. Bates claims she was hurt in the crash.

Bates accuses White of negligence asks for more than $50,000 in damages for medical bills and court fees.

Attorney Stephen C. Buser of Columbia represents her.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case No. 13-L-433

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