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East St. Louis motorist blames another driver for accident, injuries

By Molly English-Bowers | Feb 26, 2016

BELLEVILLE – An East St. Louis woman is suing another motorist, alleging negligence for injuries she says she suffered in an automobile accident.


Jinni L. Yates filed the lawsuit Feb. 5 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Stephanie D. Haynes.

According to the complaint, on Oct. 31, at approximately 3 a.m., Yates was driving eastbound on Lake Drive in Centerville and Haynes was headed westbound on the same roadway. Yates claims Haynes did not exercise reasonable care while driving and allowed her vehicle to collide with the driver's side of the vehicle the plaintiff was driving.

The suit states that the defendant was negligent in failing to keep a lookout, failing to reduce her speed to avoid colliding with Yates' vehicle, failing to keep her vehicle under proper control, failing to yield the right-of-way, driving in the opposite lane and driving while impaired.

As a result, the lawsuit states, the plaintiff was severely injured, will continue to suffer great pain and anguish and has incurred medical expenses for treatment of her injuries.

Yates seeks at least $50,000, plus court costs and other relief the court deems proper. She is represented by attorney Michael J. Garavalia of Flynn Guymon & Garavalia in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-74

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