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Driver, passenger allege motorist caused collision while using cell phone

By Michael Abella | Oct 11, 2016


EDWARDSVILLE — A driver and passenger from Madison County are suing another motorist for allegedly causing a collision.

Mary Murphy and Amanda Ainsworth filed a complaint on Sept. 30 in Madison County Circuit Court against Vickie Niemer, alleging she negligently operated her vehicle.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that on Dec. 23, 2015, Murphy and Ainsworth were in a motor vehicle and were stopped at a red light on Route 160 when the defendant struck the rear of their vehicle. They claim they suffered injuries that resulted in medical expenses, severe pain and suffering.

The plaintiffs allege Niemer negligently operated her vehicle while using a cell phone, failed to reduce speed to avoid an accident, failed to keep proper distance and failed to keep proper lookout.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against defendant in an amount of more than $50,000, costs incurred for this action and for such other relief as the court deems just. They are represented by Robert W. Schmieder, II and Robert J. Evola of Sl Chapman LLC in St. Louis.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-L-1370

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