Three more Dram Shop suits filed against Wings over same accident

Ann Knef Apr. 29, 2008, 9:18am

A week after Wings of Shiloh was hit with two Dram Shop lawsuits, another three were filed over the same auto accident that happened last year on North Seven Hills Road near the intersection of O'Fallon-Troy Road in O'Fallon.

The new suits seek damages for injuries from the accident that happened April 29, 2007, in which Wings patron John Fitzhugh allegedly consumed alcohol and subsequently operated a vehicle that crashed into a vehicle driven by Desiree Lintzenich.

In the new batch of suits, Lintzenich claims Wings knew that Fitzhugh was intoxicated.

Represented by Patrick G. Johnston of Johnston Law Offices of Edwardsville, Lintzenich claims she suffered severe and permanent internal and external injuries. She is seeking $50,000 in damages plus costs of the suit.

Robert Cook, who was injured as a passenger, also is seeking $50,000 for his injuries in a separate lawsuit against Wings. He is represented by Johnston.

Kye Miller, who was a passenger in Fitzhugh's vehicle, claims a concussion and other severe and permanent injuries. Represented by Mark Levy of Collinsville, Miller is seeing in excess of $50,000 in damages.

More than a week ago, two separate lawsuits were filed against Wings by passengers James M. Higdon and Angela M. Gildehaus. Their suits claim Wings was negligent for providing intoxicating liquors to Fitzhugh on April 28-29, 2007.

Higdon, represented by Alan G. Pirtle of the Rex Carr Law Firm in East St. Louis, is seeking in excess of $50,000 in damages, plus costs.

Gildehaus, represented by Turner A. Rouse of the Rouse Law Firm in Belleville, also is seeking in excess of $50,000 in damages plus costs.

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