12-pack and pint of vodka contributed to collision, suit claims

Kelly Holleran Jun. 20, 2012, 2:41am


A woman has filed suit against the allegedly intoxicated driver who she claims caused a collision after ingesting a 12-pack of beer and a pint of vodka.

Carisa Smith claims defendant Tammy J. Saunders picked her up in a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am on March 26 and drove to defendant Broadway Package Liquors in Alton. There, Saunders purchased a 12-pack of beer and one pint of vodka, according to the complaint filed June 13 in Madison County Circuit Court.

After drinking both, Saunders drove Smith to various establishments and into Jersey County, where Saunders lost control of her vehicle and caused a single-car collision on McClusky Road, the suit states.

Because of the collision, Smith sustained serious bodily injuries; experienced pain, suffering and disability; and lost her normal life, the complaint says. She also claims she incurred medical costs and lost wages.

Smith blames Saunders for causing the collision, saying Saunders negligently drove too fast, failed to pay attention while driving, drove while intoxicated and lost control of her vehicle.

In addition to Saunders, Smith names Broadway Package Liquors, Elete Package and Grocery and owner Maha Handman as defendants, saying they are liable for her injuries under Illinois's Dram Shop Act.

In her two-count complaint, Smith is seeking a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs.

Thomas O. Falb of Williamson, Webster, Falb and Glisson in Alton will be representing her.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-836.

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