Fatal accident at Litchfield lake is subject of wrongful death suit

Andrea Dearden Sep. 13, 2011, 6:12am


A Madison County man is accused of being drunk when he drove his boat into a Godfrey girl, killing her.

Kari Klopfer, on behalf of her minor daughter, filed a lawsuit Sept. 1 in Madison County Circuit Court against Eric Hazelwonder.

According to the complaint, Klopfer's daughter was visiting a lake near Litchfield in July 2010 when she was hit and killed by a motorboat driven by Hazelwonder. Klopfer alleges Hazelwonder was driving the boat while intoxicated.

Klopfer accuses Hazelwonder of wrongful death and asks for more than $100,000 in damages plus court costs.

Attorney Allan L. Napp with Alton's Schrempf, Kelly, Napp & Darr law firm is representing Klopfer.

Madison County Circuit Court Case No. 11-L-872

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