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Motorist sues oncoming driver following crash at South Jefferson intersection

By Carol Ostrow | Sep 14, 2015

A St. Clair County resident is suing a motorist alleging vehicular negligence in a collision on South Jefferson Avenue.

Daryl Ryan of Millstadt filed a lawsuit on Aug. 18 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Bettie Lange, alleging negligence in an August 2013 fender-bender.

According to the complaint, Lange was operating a motor vehicle eastbound on West White Street near the junction of South Jefferson Avenue in Millstadt; and Ryan was driving northbound on South Jefferson, on or about Aug. 20, 2013.

The suit states that no traffic control device was in place facing northbound traffic, and that Lange’s automobile collided with the plaintiff’s vehicle as a direct and proximate result of negligence.

Ryan alleges Lange failed to keep a proper lookout for other vehicles, control her vehicle, yield the right of way at an intersection, reduce speed to avoid an accident, apply brakes, and swerve or stop before colliding with the plaintiff.

Alleging internal and external injuries, pain and anguish, medical bills, and impaired earning capacity, the plaintiff seeks judgment in his favor for more than $50,000, plus attorney’s fees and costs. Ryan is represented by Ronald J. Foster Jr. of Schoen Walton Telken & Foster in Edwardsville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-458

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