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Williams v. Thompson

Court of Appeals of Missouri, Eastern District, First Division

May 5, 2015

LARRY WILLIAMS AND LELA DAVIS, Respondents,
v.
KAYATANA A. THOMPSON, Appellant

          Appeal from the Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis. Honorable Michael W. Noble.

         Kayatana A. Thompson, appellant, Pro se, St. Louis, MO.

         William E. Paasch, St. Louis, MO; Joseph P. Sommer, St. Louis, MO, for respondents.

         LAWRENCE E. MOONEY, PRESIDING JUDGE. CLIFFORD H. AHRENS, J., and LISA VAN AMBURG, J., concur.

          OPINION

         LAWRENCE E. MOONEY, PRESIDING JUDGE

         The defendant, Kayatana Thompson, appeals the judgment entered by the Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis against her and in favor of the plaintiffs, Larry Williams and Lela Davis. The plaintiffs sued the defendant for personal injuries and property damage, respectively, that they sustained when the defendant's vehicle struck the vehicle operated by Williams and owned by Davis.

         In eight points on appeal, the defendant challenges the trial court's grant of the plaintiffs' motion for a directed verdict, the weight of the evidence to support Williams's claim of personal injury, the trial court's personal jurisdiction over her, the trial court's subject-matter jurisdiction over Davis's claim, and prejudicial statements the trial court allegedly made. Because we conclude that the trial court erred in granting the plaintiffs' motion for a directed verdict based on the rear-end collision doctrine, we reverse and remand to the trial court for a new trial.

         Factual Background

         On February 21, 2010, plaintiff Williams drove the car owned by his mother, plaintiff Davis, to the market. Williams was stopped at a red light on southbound North Florissant at its intersection with Madison in the City of St. Louis. Another car was stopped in front of him at the light. The light turned green, but the car ahead of Williams did not move forward. After waiting about 30 seconds for the car ahead of him to go, Williams honked his horn, and the car in front of him proceeded forward. Williams testified that before he could take his foot from the brake to drive forward, the defendant's vehicle collided with the rear of the vehicle he was driving. Williams testified that he suffered permanent aggravation of pre-existing neck and back injuries, and that he incurred approximately $18,000 in bills for medical treatment of his injuries. Williams introduced no medical records or bills into evidence. Williams called no doctor to testify. Williams further testified that his mother's car suffered damage that cost $845.09 to repair.

         The defendant, who appeared pro se at trial, admitted that her vehicle collided with the rear of the plaintiffs' vehicle. She testified in the plaintiffs' case as follows.

Q. Miss Thompson, you were driving an automobile on February 21st, 2010, on North Florissant?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. Did the front of your vehicle ever come into contact with the rear of Mr. ...

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