Home of the Big Elwood in court

by Steve Gonzalez |
Nov. 15, 2004, 6:23am

Fast Eddie’s Bon Air, an Alton hot spot known for its Big Elwood and ice cold beer, is facing big legal problems in Madison County for its involvement in a DUI-related accident.

A lawsuit filed Nov. 12 by Mary E. Hahn of Alton alleges that Barbara Sue Garner was a Fast Eddie's patron before Garner collided with her at 2:30 a.m. on June 8 at College Avenue, east of Crest Drive.

As a result of Garner’s alleged negligence, Hahn claims she suffered injuries to her neck, spine, right leg and face and she also suffered internal injuries. Hahn is seeking more than $200,000 from all defendants, which include's Fast Eddie's, where Garner allegedly consumed alcohol, Bon Air Realty Co., which owns the Fast Eddie's property, and Garner.

Hahn claims disability, pain and suffering and medical expenses.

Garner, who is no stranger to traffic court, was ticketed by Alton Police for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving the wrong way around a traffic island and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

According to court records, Edwardsville Police arrested Garner for DUI on May 14.

Hahn is represented by Shari L. Lett of Alton.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Nicholas Byron.

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