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Car passenger blames another driver for rear-end collision, injuries

By Molly English-Bowers | Feb 17, 2016

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BELLEVILLE – A woman who was a passenger in a motor vehicle is suing an O'Fallon motorist, alleging negligence over injuries she says she received when the defendant struck that vehicle.

Beulah F. Bohnenstiehl filed the lawsuit Feb. 1 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Keara J. Sullivan of O'Fallon, alleging negligence.

According to the complaint. on Aug. 11, 2014, Bohnenstiehl was riding in a vehicle heading eastbound on state Highway 50 near the intersection of South Cherry Road while, at the same time, Sullivan was driving her vehicle behind the car the plaintiff was riding in. The suit says the defendant's vehicle struck the rear of the plaintiff's vehicle.

The lawsuit alleges Sullivan was negligent in driving too fast, failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident, failing to keep a proper lookout and colliding with the plaintiff's vehicle.


As a result, the suit says, Bohnenstiehl suffered extensive injuries to her neck, back and hip, and expects to suffer pain well into the future, expects to experience loss of a normal life in the future, has spent money on medical care, and expects to have to do so in the future.

Bohnenstiehl seeks damages of more than $50,000, plus court costs. She is represented by attorney Shaun M. Lieser of Lieser Law Firm LLC in St. Louis.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-62

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