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.
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2013. There are 20 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: The message of Abraham Lincoln, read in congress yesterday, is published in full in our paper today, with a new proclamation relating the terms upon which states can return to the union. 1888 — 125 years ago: An appropriation has been made by congress for the improvement of the upper Mississippi River with $200,000 set aside for the portion of the river between Keokuk and the mouth of the Illinois River. 1913 — 100 years ago: Work of remodeling First Swedish Lutheran Church at 4th Avenue and 14th Street was nearly completed. 1938 — 75 years ago: An unexplained outbreak of tularemia (rabbit fever) in the state has Illinois public health officials puzzled. Ten persons have died, and 243 are officially reported ill with the infection. 1963 — 50 years ago: A dramatic, multi-million dollar riverfront improvement project for the downtown area of Rock Island was unveiled at a meeting of 200 civic leaders at noon today. 1988 — 25 years ago: For several supporters of the Dispatch Goodfellow/Argus Santa program their donation is a year long project. Emma Pugh and Anne Persinger spent a good part of their spare time this year knitting forty pairs of mittens and slippers.