St. Clair County jury awards motorist $29K following Fairview Heights collision

St. Clair County jurors awarded a motorist $29,137 in a suit involving a Fairview Heights collision.

The jury reached a verdict in favor of plaintiff Sharonna Howell on March 10 in St. Clair County Associate Judge Kevin Hoerner’s courtroom. Howell was awarded $8,043 for past medical bills, $1,094 for lost wages, $10,000 for pain and suffering and $10,000 for loss of a normal life.

Howell was represented by attorneys Jon E. Rosenstengel and Jerry F. Costello of the Law Offices of Bonifield & Rosenstengel PC in Belleville.

Defendant Marvin Baker was represented by Tyler Beckerle of Zimmer & Associates in St. Louis.

Howell, of St. Louis, filed her complaint with co-plaintiff Cosmas Majachani, of Swansea, on Jan. 4, 2018 against Baker, of O’Fallon.

According to the complaint, Howell was operating a vehicle on Oct. 19, 2016 traveling in a southern direction on S. State St. near the intersection of W. Washington in St. Clair County. Majachani was riding as a passenger.

Baker was allegedly operating a vehicle traveling in a western direction on Salem Place near the intersection of North Illinois Street in Fairview Heights. He then began traveling in a southern direction on North Illinois Street at the intersection of Ludwig Drive in Fairview Heights, the suit states.

The plaintiffs alleged the defendant disregarded a red light and caused a collision. Baker allegedly failed to keep a proper lookout for other traffic upon the roadway and drove faster than reasonable given the traffic upon the roadway.

As a result, the plaintiffs claimed they suffered a loss of income, incurred medical bills, suffered a loss of a normal life and endured pain and suffering.

This article was first published by The Madison Record.

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