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Two passengers blame driver for injuries from collision

By Michael Abella | Dec 1, 2016

EDWARDSVILLE — Two passengers are suing a driver they claim failed to take sufficient measures to prevent injuries.

Wanda F. Brown and Vickie L. Harris filed a complaint on Nov. 17 in Madison County Circuit Court against John Brooks, alleging the defendant breached his duty to operate his vehicle with reasonable care and caution.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that on April 10, 2016, they were passengers in a vehicle being driven by Brooks. They were traveling southbound on Illinois Route 29 in the Springfield, Ill., when the defendant swerved into the adjacent lane occupied by another motorist, causing a collision.

As a result of the collision, the plaintiffs claim they sustained injuries and have incurred and will continue to incur medical expenses.

The plaintiffs allege Brooks drove his vehicle at a speed greater than reasonable, failed to keep careful lookout and failed to signal his intended lane change.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment in their favor in an amount of $50,000 for each of them, plus costs of this suit. They are represented by Lanny Darr of Darr Law Offices Ltd. in Alton.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-L-1589

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