|Style of Case: Abbey Rodgers v. Kendra Holdener
Client: Kendra Holdener
Trial End Date: 6/20/2016
Court: Third Judicial Circuit, Madison County, Illinois
Type of Case: Traffic Light Dispute/Lumbar & Foot Fractures
Judge: The Honorable Judge Andy Matoesian
Reed Armstrong Lawyer who tried the case: Tori L. Walls
The accident occurred at the intersection of Troy Road and Governor's Parkway in Edwardsville on June 18, 2014. The plaintiff was travelling southbound on Troy Road and the defendant was travelling northbound on Troy Road intending to make a left turn onto Governor's Parkway. The collision occurred in the intersection as the defendant was making a left turn onto Governor's Parkway. The plaintiff claimed she entered the intersection on a solid green light that turned yellow as her tires crossed the stop line. The defendant claimed she came to a stop behind another vehicle in the left hand turn lane on a red light. The defendant claimed her light then changed to a green left turn arrow, the car in front of her entered the intersection turning left and she followed behind and started her left turn. As the defendant entered the intersection, the plaintiff also entered the intersection and the collision occurred. Last Demand: None
The jury heard testimony from the plaintiff, her treating doctor, the responding Edwardsville Police Department officer and the defendant. The plaintiff was confronted with her cellular telephone records which indicated the plaintiff had incoming and outgoing phone calls shortly before the collision was reported to the police department via 911. Defendant's counsel argued the cell phone activity distracted plaintiff's attention from the roadway, even if momentarily, which caused her to enter the intersection against a red light. Defendant's counsel argued that it was plaintiff's negligence, not defendant's, which caused this collision. The plaintiff claimed she suffered fractures of the transverse process of her lumbar spine, a dislocated toe and fractures of her foot. She asked the jury to award her medical bills totaling $21,873.10, lost wages of $2,688, an amount of money for her loss of normal life and an amount of money for her past and future pain and suffering.
The jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendant and against the plaintiff, awarding the plaintiff no money.