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Madison County jury awards motorist more than $16K following Alton collision

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Oct 17, 2017

A Madison County jury awarded a motorist $16,846.90 in a suit involving an Alton collision at trial in circuit judge David Dugan’s courtroom.

Jurors deliberated for roughly 30 minutes Monday afternoon before returning a verdict in favor of plaintiff Lisa Usher, ending the one-day trial.

Usher was represented at trial by attorney Christopher Donohoo of The Donohoo Law Firm PC in East Alton.

Defendant Ebony Hubbard was represented at trial by attorney Roger Wilson of St. Louis.

Usher filed her complaint on Aug. 9, 2016, alleging she was driving a vehicle southbound on Humbert Street in Alton on June 11, 2015. At the same time, Hubbard was driving a vehicle west on Salu Street at the intersection with Humbert Street when she allegedly T-boned Usher’s vehicle.

As a result, the plaintiff claims she sustained severe and permanent injuries.

Usher alleges Hubbard failed to operate her vehicle properly, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to see and observe the plaintiff, failed to stop her vehicle in time to avoid colliding with the plaintiff, failed to properly steer her vehicle and failed to operate her vehicle with reasonable speed with regard to traffic conditions.

Usher had sought a judgment of more than $15,000 but less than $50,000.

Hubbard answered the complaint on Oct. 11, 2016, denying liability.

In her affirmative defenses, she alleges Usher contributed to her alleged injuries by failing to keep a proper lookout, failing to keep her vehicle under proper control and failing to stop, swerve or avoid an impending collision.

The arbitrators found in favor of Usher on March 1, awarding her $22,500 in damages.

Hubbard rejected the award on March 21 and requested a jury trial.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-AR-290

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