Ann Maher Jun. 17, 2014, 4:40pm

A Madison County Dram Shop lawsuit blaming an Alton grocery store for selling alcohol that led to intoxication and a car accident has settled.

Plaintiff Jalen Smith and defendants Supervalu, Shop ‘N Save and Valcour Development announced on May 20 that all matters in the suit filed last August had been settled with each party to bear their own costs.

Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder dismissed the case with prejudice on May 21 and closed the file.

Smith claimed he was riding in a vehicle with Nikolas Becoat on Aug. 25, 2012, when Becoat caused a collision. Just before the incident, Becoat consumed alcohol he purchased from defendant Shop ‘n Save, Smith claimed.

Shop ‘N Save, represented by Beth Boggs of Boggs, Avellino, Lach & Boggs in St. Louis, had argued that Smith’s damages, if any, were of his own doing because he voluntarily assumed the risk of getting in a vehicle with an intoxicated driver.

Michael P. Glisson of Williamson, Webster, Falb & Glisson in Alton represented Smith.

James A Harfst of Clayton, Mo. represented Valcour Development Co.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 13-L-1474

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