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Estate blames sports bar owner for causing passenger death

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Sep 1, 2016

BELLEVILLE — An estate administrator is suing a St. Clair County sports bar owner, alleging it overserved a drunk customer, leading to a fatal motorcycle crash.

Angel Whaley, special administrator for the estate of Brittany Belle Johnson, filed a lawsuit July 11 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Robert L. "Bobbie" Menard, doing business Schatzes Sports Bar in Belleville, alleging violation of the Dram Shop Act.

According to the complaint, on July 9, 2015, Johnson was a passenger on the motorcycle of Lincoln R. Shaw. The suit says Shaw's cycle slammed into the vehicle of Theresa Freeman, killing Shaw and Johnson.

The lawsuit states Shaw was highly intoxicated when he operated his motorcycle, which resulted in Johnson's fatal injuries. Whaley alleges Schatzes Sports Bar violated the Dram Shop Act when it served alcohol to a visibly intoxicated Shaw.

Whaley seeks trial by jury, judgment of more than $50,000 and costs of action. She is represented by attorney Jeffrey S. Hammel of Belleville..

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-357

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