A man and a woman are suing two motorists, alleging negligence for two separate automobile collisions that happened in quick succession.

Jennifer Braundmeier and Donald Goodell filed a lawsuit Dec. 21 in Madison County Circuit Court against William Daniel Carpenter and Jake B. Simpson.

According to the complaint, on Sept. 11, Braundmeier was driving her vehicle, in which Goodell was a passenger, eastbound on U.S. Route 40, near state Route 162. The two defendants were also driving along that route in the same direction but in separate vehicles, the suit says. Carpenter was driving behind Simpson, who was driving one car behind the plaintiffs.

Braundmeier stopped her vehicle behind another stopped vehicle, waiting for the vehicle in front to turn left, the suit says, but the vehicle driven by Simpson failed to stop and struck a vehicle directly in front of him, pushing that vehicle into the rear of Braundmeier's vehicle. 

Thereafter, Carpenter drove his vehicle into the rear of Simpson's vehicle, causing another impact to Braundmeier's vehicle, the suit states.

As a result of the defendants' negligence, the complaint states, the plaintiffs have suffered bodily injuries, can't attend to their usual affairs and will lose wages as well as monies spent seeking medical care.

Braundmeier and Goodell seek $15,000 from each defendant, plus court costs. They are represented by attorney Bernard J. Ysursa of Cook, Ysursa, Bartholomew, Brauer & Shevlin Ltd. of Belleville.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 15-L-1653

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