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Parents of teen injured in Edwardsville car accident seek damages from driver

By Molly English-Bowers | Feb 27, 2016

EDWARDSVILLE – The parents of a teenage girl are suing over injuries she suffered in an automobile accident, alleging the driver of the vehicle she was riding in was negligent. 

Peter and Laura Dochwat, the parents of Gabriela N. Dochwat, filed a suit on behalf of their daughter and individually on Feb. 17 in Madison County Circuit Court against Elizabeth Kayser of Glen Carbon.

At the time of the accident, the defendant was 16; she is now an adult. Gabriela Dochwat was 15 at the time of the accident.

According to the suit, Gabriela Dochwat was a passenger in a vehicle driven by the defendant on Old Troy Road in Edwardsville on Feb. 18, 2014, when Kayser lost control of the vehicle. She was issued a ticket for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. The lawsuit says the defendant admitted to police that she was driving too fast to navigate a curve in the road and ended up in a farm field.

As a result of the defendant's alleged negligence, the plaintiff minor has suffered irreparable harm to her mental and physical health, medical expenses, and permanent injuries, the suit states.

The plaintiff, by and through her father and mother, seeks judgment in an amount exceeding $50,000, plus court costs and other relief the court deems reasonable and just. All plaintiffs are represented by Bill T. Walker in Granite City.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-L-232

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