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Estate blames jailed defendant for fatal crash

By Molly English-Bowers | Dec 8, 2015

EDWARDSVILLE–An estate administrator is suing an imprisoned drunk driver, alleging wrongful death in a fatal accident.

Cinda McGrew, special administrator of the estate of Katelynn Fancher, a deceased minor, filed a lawsuit Nov. 23 in Madison County Circuit Court against Darrell DeLong Sr., under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act.

Long has been convicted of aggravated DUI causing death and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

According to the complaint, on Nov. 23, 2013, Katelynn Fancher was in a vehicle operated by DeLong, her stepfather, when he caused a motor vehicle crash, which killed not only Fancher but also her mother, Tammy DeLong.

The estate of the deceased includes two half-sisters, a half-brother and her father. 

McGrew seeks at least $50,000 for actual damages, court costs and attorney fees. She is represented by attorney Jennifer A. Shaw of The Shaw Law Group of Edwardsville.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 15-L-1523.

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