Trial date pushed off as parties in personal injury, dram shop suit talk settlement

Amelia Flood Sep. 13, 2010, 2:23am


Parties to a combination personal injury and dram shop suit are in settlement talks and have pushed off today's trial date.

Plaintiffs Christopher and Christine Weishaupt are suing the owner of the Airliner Bar & Grill in East Alton and the bar, Runway Lounge & Package Liquor Inc., and the lounge's owners and Donald Ennis.

Attorneys filed a motion Sept. 9 asking to push back the trial.

In their 2008 suit, the Weishaupts claim that in June 2008, Christopher Weishaupt was driving west on Airline Drive near its intersection with Center Street in Wood River when he came to a red light.

At the same time, Ennis was also driving west on the same road and allegedly rear-ended Weishaupt.

The plaintiffs claim Ennis was driving while under the influence of alcohol, that he did not control his car and that he was speeding.

Christopher Weishaupt claims he was injured and incurred medical bills due to the accident.

Christine Weishaupt has a claims for loss of consortium pending in the case.

The couple also claims that both the Airliner Bar, owned by Richard Tite, and the Runway Lounge, owned by Thomas Williams and Robert Johnson, sold Ennis the alcohol he drank before the crash and allowed him to drive under the influence, which led to the plaintiffs' injuries.

The plaintiffs claim the bars violated the Illinois Dram Shop Act.

Each claim seeks redress in excess of $50,000 and costs.

J. Robert Edmonds represents the plaintiffs.

The case is assigned to Madison County Circuit Judge Daniel Stack.

The case is Madison case number 08-L-741.

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