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Lawsuit filed against driver, insurance company following vehicle collision in Swansea

By Robbie Hargett | Sep 14, 2015

A woman is suing a driver and her employer's insurance company following a vehicle collision in Swansea, citing negligence.

Felecia Jones filed a complaint on Sept. 1 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Sonya Wattles and National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, alleging negligence.

On Oct. 11, 2013, the complaint states, Wattles was traveling in her 2009 Nissan eastbound on North Belt West in Swansea when she struck the rear of Jones' 2014 GMC Yukon.

The complaint states that Wattles was negligent in her failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, for driving over the speed limit, and failing to be attentive, among other negligent acts and omissions.

As a result of the accident, the complaint states, Jones has sustained disability and disfigurement, pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of income, loss of normal life and aggravation of a preexisting condition.

At the time of the accident, National Union Fire Insurance insured Jones' employer, Dynamic Educational Systems Inc./Exodyne Inc., which had rented the Yukon for temporary use during the course of Jones' employment. National Union Fire Insurance has denied Jones coverage in this matter.

Jones seeks damages of more than $50,000 against Wattles, and to enforce her rights under the underinsured motorist provisions of all policies issued by the defendant, or damages up to the policy limits, plus costs of the suit, against National Union Fire Insurance. She is represented by Belleville-based attorney Kevin Boyne.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-492

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