Madison County jury awards woman $427K in suit involving New Poag Road collision

A Madison County jury awarded a woman more than $427,661 in a lawsuit alleging she was injured in a crash at the intersection of New Poag Road and N. University Drive.

On May 11, jurors entered a verdict in favor of plaintiff Kendra Ross-Wall following a three-day trial in Madison County Circuit Judge Christopher Threlkeld’s courtroom.

Ross-Wall was awarded $427,661.20 for medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, future pain and suffering, loss of a normal life and future loss of a normal life.

However, the jury also found Ross-Wall to be 25 percent at fault. Therefore, her recoverable damages is $320,745.90.

Ross-Wall was represented at trial by Matthew Young of Kuehn Beasley & Young PC in Belleville.

Defendant Michelle Mraz was represented by Todd Severns of the Law Offices of Cozzi Marek & Parker in London, Ky.

Ross-Wall filed her complaint on June 11, 2019, against Mraz.

According to the complaint, Ross-Wall was in a vehicle traveling eastbound on New Poag Road at its intersection with N. University Drive. Mraz was traveling southbound on N. University Drive when she allegedly failed to stop at the stop light and caused a collision with the plaintiff’s vehicle.

Ross-Wall claimed Mraz had a duty to exercise reasonable care to avoid causing a collision. She alleged Mraz negligently failed to stop at a stop light, failed to yield the right of way, failed to reduce speed in time to avoid the crash, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to use evasive maneuvers and failed to be attentive and obey the rules of the road.

As a result, Ross-Wall claimed she suffered severe injuries, endured pain and suffering, incurred medical bills and lost wages.

Mraz answered the complaint on July 18, 2019, alleging Ross-Wall negligently entered the intersection on a red light.

In her affirmative defenses, Mraz argued that Ross-Wall failed to keep a proper lookout, drove at an excessive speed, entered an intersection on a red light and failed to exercise due care for her own safety.

Mraz also argued that Ross-Wall suffered from pre-existing conditions.

This article was first published in Madison Record.

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