BELLEVILLE — A driver and passenger are suing a motorist and metro transit company for allegedly causing a collision by failing to obey a traffic control sign.

Jerold Darnell and Bonnie Darnell filed a complaint on July 17 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Ja Nerra M. Nelson and Bi-State Development Agency, alleging the defendants failed to exercise ordinary care in operating their vehicle.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that on March 12, 2017, they were traveling in the center westbound lane of an Illinois highway when they were struck by Nelson's vehicle. The plaintiffs claim the defendant entered the intersection of the two streets that was not controlled by a traffic control sigh or light. 

As a result, the Darnells claims they suffered physical injuries, disabilities and incurred medical expenses. 

The plaintiffs allege Nelson failed to properly keep a lookout for traffic conditions ahead of her, operated her automobile at a speed too fast for conditions and failed to obey a traffic control sign.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment in an amount in excess of $50,000, plus costs of suit and any other relief the court deems just and proper. 

They are represented by William P. Gavin of Gavin Law Firm, LLC in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-370

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