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Driver says Route 15 accident caused by speed factors and negligence

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Mar 12, 2017

BELLEVILLE — A motorist is suing Nicole Stolte-Sanchez, citing alleged insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries for a car crash on Route 15 in May 2016.

Barbara L. Runzo filed a complaint on Feb. 21 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Nicole Stolte-Sanchez alleging that the defendant failed her duty to operate her vehicle properly on a public road.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on May 23, 2016, while driving westbound on Route 15, plaintiff's vehicle was struck from the rear by a vehicle operated by the defendant. As a result, Runzo claims she suffered physical injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder and incurred medical expenses. The plaintiff holds Stolte-Sanchez responsible because she allegedly operated her vehicle at an excessive rate of speed, failed to keep a careful lookout, failed to keep a safe distance from the rear of plaintiff's vehicle and failed to use the highest degree of care under the circumstances.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in an amount in excess of $50,000, exclusive of interest and costs, pre- and post-judgment interest and for whatever further relief the court deems just. She is represented by Robert J. Radice of Horas, Radice and Associates LLC in St. Louis.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-76

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