Carol Ostrow Aug. 4, 2015, 8:19am


A St. Clair County family is suing a driver’s estate, claiming their mother died when the defendant drove into a ditch and struck a tree.

Darrek A.J. Woolsey and Shawn M. Woolsey, both minors, filed a complaint through their father Darrek K. Woolsey July 14 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against the estate of Kenneth M. Ramsey for the wrongful death of their mother in May 2014.

The suit states that Amber J. Woolsey was a passenger in a vehicle operated by Ramsey on May 30, 2014, on Old Litchfield Trail in Montgomery County when the vehicle left the roadway, struck a ditch, overturned and struck a fence and tree, allegedly killing Amber at approximately 1:20 a.m.

Amber left three children, including minors Darrek, Shawn and their sister Harleigh, 20.

According to the complaint, Ramsey negligently drove his vehicle too fast and failed to reduce his speed and control the vehicle. The Woolseys allege personal and pecuniary losses, grief and mental suffering.

The plaintiffs seek judgment in their favor for more than $50,000 plus attorneys’ fees and costs. They are represented by W. Jeffrey Muskopf and L. Dean Henke of SmithAmundsen in St. Louis.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-396

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