Moline woman sues MetroLink transit

Originally Posted Online: Nov. 19, 2012, 8:32 pm
Last Updated: Nov. 20, 2012, 11:56 am
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By Rachel Warmke

A Moline woman has filed an arbitration suit against MetroLink transit system claiming she was injured when a bus rear-ended her vehicle.

Sheila K. King, of Moline, is seeking less than $50,000 in damages, according to the suit, which also names MetroLink employee John H. Pryor as a defendant.

The suit claims, on July 16, Ms. King was driving west on Kennedy Drive in East Moline, when she slowed to merge onto Avenue of the Cities, her vehicle was rear-ended by a MetroLink bus behind her.

The suit filed Thursday in Rock Island County Circuit Court claims the bus driver was negligent because he didn't slow down, look out for other vehicles or allow enough distance between the bus and Ms. King's car. Her attorney, Craig L. Kavnesky, said Ms. King suffered injuries to her neck, shoulders and head due to the accident and incurred medical expenses.

MetroLink risk manager Rick Ryckeghem on Monday termed the accident "a minor event."

"Hopefully we'll bring it to a resolution here in the next few weeks," he said.


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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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