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Woman Files Suit After Fall From Parade Float Leads To Leg Amputation


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11/17/2008
Brent Adams
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A woman from Madison County, Illinois and her husband have filed a personal injury suit against a Troy, Illinois Ace Hardware, Troy Lions Club, the city of Troy, and Steven Faulkner, claiming that that her leg required amputation after she was thrown from a parade float and run over by that same float.

According to Sheila and John Jolley, Sheila was riding on an Ace Hardware float in a parade sponsored by Troy Lions Club on July 25 when the incident took place.

The suit, which was filed in Madison County Circuit Court on October 24, claims that the driver, Steven Faulkner, made a sudden stop, causing Sheila Jolley to be thrown from the float. Faulkner then resumed driving forward, causing the right wheels of the float to run over Jolley. The suit states that Jolley’s right leg required amputation and she incurred substantial medical costs.

Jolley also claims disability, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and loss of normal life. Her husband claims loss of companionship, society and consortium.

The Jolleys claim negligence on the part of Ace and Faulkner for failure to provide a safe float, keep a proper lookout, properly apply the brakes, drive at a reasonable speed, and safely operate the float. Troy Lions Club and the city were negligent for allowing a parade to operate in a manner that resulted in Jolley’s injury, failure to supervise, failure to provide adequate traffic control, failure to take appropriate steps to protect Jolley from injury, and failure to enact or enforce traffic flow rules. The city was also negligent for failure to keep the streets in a safe condition and permitting the parade. The Jolleys seek unspecified damages.



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