Driver was drunk in head-on collision, lawsuit claims

Andrea Dearden Jul. 27, 2011, 7:31am


A Fairview Heights woman claims a St. Charles man was driving drunk and crashed into her head on.

Donna Bender filed a lawsuit against Marc Dethloff June 30 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

According to the complaint, Bender was driving east on Lincoln Highway in Fairview Heights in August 2010. As she approached the intersection of Countryside Lane, she says Dethloff, driving west on Lincoln Highway, crossed into her lane and crashed into her.

Bender contends Dethloff was intoxicated while he was driving, which allegedly contributed to the crash. Bender says she was seriously injured in the collision.

Bender is suing Dethloff for negligence and asks for more than $50,000 in damages for medical bills, lost wages and court fees.

Attorney Ronald J. Foster Jr. of East St. Louis is representing Bender. They ask for a jury trial.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case No. 11-L-343.

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