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Alton woman's claim against bar over intoxicated driver's crash into home dismissed with prejudice

By Ann Maher | Jul 18, 2016

Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth on June 29 dismissed with prejudice a dram shop suit brought by an Alton woman whose home was struck by an intoxicated driver.

Myrtle Kirk, 92, sued D.J.’s Bar and Grill in Alton and Debra Lovell, the holder of the bar’s liquor license, last September, claiming they were negligent in serving the driver as well responsible for property damage.


The bar and Lovell, represented by attorneys Stephen Heil and Zachary Shook of Cray Huber Horstman Heil & VanAusdal in Chicago, had denied liability.

Kirk's complaint alleged that on Nov. 18, 2014, the bar served liquor to Alexas Graham, who allegedly became intoxicated and later drove her car into Kirk’s house.

Michael P. Glisson of Williamson, Webster, Falb & Glisson in Alton represented Kirk.

The plaintiff had sought in excess of $50,000 in damages. 

Madison County Circuit Court case number 15-L-1142

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