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Car passenger blames oncoming motorist for causing crash

By Michael Abella | Sep 2, 2016

BELLEVILLE — A St. Clair County woman is suing a motorist, alleging the defendant's negligence caused a car crash that injured the plaintiff.

Lisa Cooper filed a lawsuit July 11 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Janet White, alleging negligence in failing to exercise due care under the circumstances.

According to the complaint, on Oct. 6, 2015, Cooper was a passenger in a motor vehicle traveling north on North Illinois Street in Fairview Heights. White, the suit says, was traveling from the opposite direction and collided with the vehicle Cooper was riding in.

The subsequent crash caused Cooper to sustain injuries to her head, body and limbs, the lawsuit says, and these injuries caused great pain and suffering and incurred medical-related expenses. 

The plaintiff alleges White failed to keep proper lookout, failed to timely apply her breaks, failed to yield right of way and negligently drove in the center of the turn lane.

Cooper seeks trial by jury, judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs of suit. She is represented by John H. Hustava of Collinsville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-356

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