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Injured passenger sues driver of oncoming vehicle

By Carol Ostrow | Jul 21, 2015

A Madison County woman filed a lawsuit against a motorist following a 2013 automobile accident in Godfrey.

Rhonda Strowmatt filed a lawsuit on July 1 in Madison County Circuit Court against Paige E. Goheen of Dow, claiming injuries due to the defendant’s alleged vehicular negligence in an August 2013 roadway collision in Madison County.

Strowmatt claims she was a passenger in a vehicle traveling in a southerly direction on Godfrey Road on Aug. 4, 2013, at approximately 7 p.m. when Goheen, driving northbound, allegedly collided violently with the vehicle Strowmatt was riding in.

According to the filing, Goheen was guilty of negligent acts including failing to yield the right of way, neglecting to keep a proper lookout for the plaintiff and others traveling on the public thoroughfare and making an improper left-hand turn.

The suit states that the plaintiff suffered injuries to her bones, ligaments, nerves, muscles and spinal discs, including bruising and fractures. Strowmatt alleges she has been prevented from attending to her normal activities and has incurred medical bills.

The plaintiff seeks judgment in her favor for more than $50,000 plus attorney’s fees and costs. She is represented by attorney Joseph Hoefert in Alton.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 15-L-842.

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