EDWARDSVILLE – The father of a
deceased man claims his son died after being struck by a drunk driver while crossing the road.
Mark Harris Sr., individually and as
special administrator for the estate of Mark Harris Jr., filed the
suit April 15 in Madison County Circuit Court against Travis E.
Crain, Bindy's Inc. and the City of Granite City.
On April 19, 2015, at approximately
3:30 a.m., the decedent was crossing Edwardsville Road while Crain was driving along the same roadway, according to the suit. Harris alleges Crain negligently struck the pedestrian and caused his death.
The suit alleges the defendant was
intoxicated with a blood alcohol content in excess of the legal
Bindy's allegedly sold or
gave alcoholic beverages to Crain, causing him to become
intoxicated, in violation of the Dram Shop Act, the suit says.
Granite City is a party to
this suit because it had allegedly known that the 2500 block of
Edwardsville Road was not safe.
Harris claims the city was aware of other deaths and injuries there prior to the
death of Mark Harris Jr., according to the complaint.
In addition to a jury trial, the
plaintiff seeks judgment against all three defendants for four of six
counts against them in excess of $50,000, court costs, interest
and other relief the court deems proper. For two negligence counts of
survival action and wrongful death, the plaintiff seeks an amount
necessary to fully and fairly compensate the estate for all losses
compensable that substantially exceed the minimum jurisdictional
amount, court costs and interest, and other relief the court deems
The plaintiff is represented by Brent
A. Sumner of The Sumner Law Group LLC in St. Louis.
Madison County Circuit Court case