ST. LOUIS — A driver is suing a city because its police officer allegedly failed to follow traffic laws when changing lanes.

Jean Dale filed a complaint in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against the city of St. Louis, alleging that the defendant failed its duty to train employees to operate its vehicles in a safe manner.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on July 7, 2016, she was driving westbound on Russell Boulevard near its intersection with Gravois Boulevard when her vehicle was struck on the passenger side by Officer Amber Gottschall while under the course of her employment with the defendant. 

As a result, Dale claims she suffered physical injuries and severe pain and incurred medical expenses. 

The plaintiff holds the city of St. Louis responsible because Gottschall allegedly failed to be attentive while driving, failed to keep a careful lookout, failed to yield right of way and failed to use turn signals when changing lanes of traffic.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in an amount in excess of $25,000 that is fair and reasonable together with costs expended, and further relief the court deems proper. She is represented by Bryan J. Sanger of Mandel & Mandel in St. Louis.

St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1722-CC10932

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