Patron injured in barroom brawl sues Fireside Inn

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 10, 2005, 7:30am

An innocent bystander caught in the crosshairs of a barroom brawl is suing Fireside Inn of Maryville for more than $100,000 for injuries she sustained Jan. 22, 2004.

Connie Kindhart alleges that an intoxicated patron who was involved in a fight violently knocked her to the ground and landed on top of her. She is represented by Belleville attorney Stephen R. Wigginton of Weilmuenster & Wigginton, P.C

As a result of the incident, Kindhart claims that various parts of her body were "greatly" injured and she is disabled, disfigured and suffers physical pain and mental anguish.

Kindhart also claims that she has been damaged by the loss of past and future earnings she otherwise would have earned before her injuries.

According to the suit, Fireside Inn failed to provide adequate security and did not call police agencies in a timely manner to come to her aid, nor did they come to her aid.

“It was the duty and responsibility of Fireside Inn to provide safety for their guests, invitees, and general public, including Connie Kindhart on which Kindhart relied to her detriment when said security personnel and employees, or lack thereof, failed to come to Kindhart’s aid and assistance,” the complaint states.

Kindhart also seeks costs of the suit plus any other relief the court deems just. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Andy Matoesian.

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