A woman from Columbia, Illinois has filed a personal injury suit against a bar in Columbia on behalf of her minor son, claiming that his right leg was broken in a collision with an intoxicated patron who had just left the bar.
According to Julie Russell, her son, Brent Russell, was a passenger in a vehicle traveling on November 2, 2007 when the vehicle was struck by the vehicle of Eric Vice, who was speeding and failed to yield, according to the suit, which was filed on October 30 in St. Clair County, Illinois Circuit Court.
The suit claims that Vice had been consuming alcoholic beverages at Topshooters before the accident took place.
Russell claims that in addition to the broken leg, her son sustained injuries to his right ankle, right and left knees, and all of the ligaments, tendons, and connective tissue in his ankles, legs, and knees in addition to mental anguish and emotional distress.
Russell also claims that the family incurred more than $50,000 in medical expenses due to her son’s injuries. She also claims loss of her son’s services and loss of society, fellowship, cooperation, affection, and companionship.
The family alleges negligence on the part of Topshooters due to the provisions in the Dramshop Act, which allows for action to be taken after any person sustains injuries. Under the Dramshop Act, action can be taken against any person or company selling the liquor that cause the person’s intoxication.
Russell seeks damages in excess of $179,000 plus costs.