BELLEVILLE — The special administrator of a deceased girl's estate is suing the deceased pilot after the girl was killed in a plane crash.
Jamie Lane, as special administrator of the estate of Sierra Lynn Wilder, filed a complaint on Dec. 29 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Gerald Martin Gutzler, administrator of the estate of deceased pilot Gerald martin Gutzler II, alleging wrongful death.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Jan. 2, 2015, Gutzler was a pilot operating a Piper PA34 twin-engine aircraft when it crashed and killed both the pilot and Wilder.
As a result, Lane alleges she was depriving of Wilder's love, service and support.
The plaintiff alleges Gutzler operated both of the aircraft engines from one fuel tank, causing the engines to stop when that tank ran dry.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensation in an amount in excess of $50,000, plus costs expended for this action.
The plaintiff is represented by Gregory M. Skinner of Gregory M. Skinner Law in Belleville.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-677