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Passenger blames two motorists following Edwardsville collision

By Molly English-Bowers | Feb 25, 2016

EDWARDSVILLE – A passenger in a motor vehicle is suing two drivers, alleging negligence over injuries she says she received in an Edwardsville collision.

Toni Murdock filed the lawsuit Feb. 12 in Madison County Circuit Court against Larry Lafond and Jermia Snider, alleging negligence.


According to the complaint, on Dec. 3, 2015, Murdock was riding in a motor vehicle operated by Snider on Plummer Drive, attempting to turn left onto Center Grove Road in Edwardsville. The suit says Lafond was driving his vehicle and attempted to leave a parking lot when he allegedly struck the front and side of the vehicle in which the Murdock was a passenger.


Additionally, Snider allegedly struck Lafond's vehicle at the same time while she was attempting the turn, the suit states.


The complaint says both parties were negligent in failing to keep a proper lookout, driving in such a way as to collide with the other party's vehicle, failing to properly apply brakes, driving too fast for conditions and failing to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic.

As a result of the negligence, the suit says, the plaintiff injured her head, neck and pelvis, has paid money for medical care, has suffered disability as a result of her injuries, and has lost wages and will experience a loss of future earning capacity.

Murdock seeks at least $50,000 from each defendant, plus court costs. She is represented by attorneys Thomas C. Rich, Kristina D. Cooksey and Michelle M. Rich of Thomas C. Rich PC in Fairview Heights.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-L-209

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