A Tennessee high school volleyball star is suing the city of St. Louis along with two drivers involved in a catastrophic car crash that led her to lose both her legs.
Janae Edmondson, 17, was crossing an intersection with her family in St Louis on February 18 when a speeding car collided with another, CBS News reported.
The high school senior, in town for a volleyball tournament, was pinned between the two vehicles.
She is now suing the alleged speeding driver, Daniel Riley, who was out on bond from a previous armed robbery charge despite violations of his bail.
The other driver, Elizabeth Smith, was driving without a valid license, the lawsuit alleged.
Janae Edmondson, 17, was involved in a catastrophic car crash as she tried to cross a street that led her to lose both her legs. Now, she has filed suit against the drivers involved and the city of St. Louis
The alleged speeding driver, Daniel Riley, was out on bond from a previous armed robbery charge despite countless violations of his bail
Riley was put on house arrest with GPS monitoring as he awaited trial on the robbery charge but violated it dozens of times, KSDK reported.
In April 2022, Judge Bryan Hettenbach issued an order stating Riley could remain free and set a trial date for three months later.
The case never went to trial because the ‘state was not ready,’ according to court documents seen by KSDK.
By the time Edmondson was struck in February, court records show Riley had violated the terms of his bond close to 90 times.
The crash solidified anger towards then Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner amid concerns that dysfunction in her office allowed Riley to remain free.
George Soros-backed Gardner, who is not named in the lawsuit, resigned in disgrace in May.
Edmondson, now 18, had her bright future brutally ripped away,’ the lawsuit filed on Tuesday by lawyer Kevin Carnie Jr. states.
The filings call the crash ‘completely preventable.’
Edmondson graduated high school in May and is still recovering from injuries sustained in the crash
Janae Edmondson, was crossing an intersection with her family in St Louis on February 18 when a speeding car collided with another and pinned her between the vehicles
The other driver, Elizabeth Smith, was driving without a valid license, the lawsuit alleges
A GoFundMe campaign to help Edmondson has raised more than $820,000
Janae Edmondson, a multi-sport high school athlete visiting St. Louis for a volleyball tournament, had her bright future brutally ripped away’ the lawsuit alleges
Edmondson’s lawsuit also blamed the city for failing to maintain a safe intersection, citing a yield sign that was inadequate because buildings blocked the view of oncoming traffic.
‘St. Louis negligently permitted and maintained a dangerous condition to exist at the Intersection, creating an unreasonable risk of injury to pedestrians,’ the filing noted.
Riley’s mother, who rented the Audi he was driving, is named in the suit for allegedly allowing Riley to use the vehicle despite the fact he had ‘exhibited habitual recklessness while driving automobiles,’ according to court documents.
‘Janae Edmondson, a multi-sport high school athlete visiting St. Louis for a volleyball tournament, had her bright future brutally ripped away when she was crushed between two vehicles following a car crash, leading to amputation of both her legs,’ the lawsuit reads.
‘The crash, involving a robbery suspect who had violated the terms of his bond dozens of times over several months, was completely preventable,’ it continued.
Edmondson is seeking damages of more than $25,000 from Riley, his mother, Kimberly, the city, and the driver of the other vehicle, as well as EAN Holdings LLC, the car rental company that does business as Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
Riley remains jailed as he awaits trial in his criminal case, CBS reported.
Edmondson, who graduated high school in May, is still recovering and completed her most recent surgery on June 12, her 18th birthday, according to a fundraiser set up to support her.
The Go Fund Me page had reached more than $820,000 as of Thursday night.
St. Louis has yet to respond to the lawsuit.