BELLEVILLE — The representative of an estate is suing Casino Queen Inc., a bar operator, claiming it overserved a patron who was responsible for a traffic fatality.
Virginia Miller, as special representative for Harold Miller, deceased, filed a complaint on March 28 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court alleging that the defendant violated the Liquor Control Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on May 29, 2016, Harold Miller died when his vehicle was struck from behind on Interstate 64 in St. Clair County by an intoxicated person, Shawn Heilman. Plaintiff suffered loss of companionship and society of decedent, as well as grief, sorrow and mental suffering. The plaintiff holds Casino Queen responsible because it allegedly negligently sold and gave liquor to its patron Shawn Heilman, causing him to become intoxicated.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks damages in excess of $50,000, plus costs of this suit. She is represented by Thomas C. Rich, Kristina D. Cooksey and Michelle M. Rich of Rich, Rich & Cooksey PC in Fairview Heights.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-156