Driving instructor sued by former student for crashing Saab

Ann Knef Aug. 24, 2005, 3:06am

Site of driving accident.

Driving instructor Drew Barnholtz is being sued for crashing a former student's 2001 Saab 93 Turbo during a lap around Gateway International Raceway in Collinsville.

In a suit filed Aug. 23 in Madison County Circuit Court, Robert Volpe is seeking in excess of $50,000 for serious injuries he sustained in a crash on Aug. 30, 2003.

According to the suit, Barnholtz asked Volpe if he could drive around the race track with Volpe in the passenger seat.

Barnholtz, who was employed by Phil Wicks Driving Academy at Gateway, lost control of the vehicle, hit a guardrail, became airborne and landed upside down in a grassy area near the track.

Volpe is represented by Mark A. Helfers of the Mark A. Helfers law firm in Clayton.

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