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Guardian files Dram Shop suit against Grantfolk Bowl

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Aug 22, 2017

EDWARDSVILLE — A woman filed a Dram Shop suit against Grantfolk Bowl for allegedly selling alcohol to an intoxicated person who later hit a disabled person and drug him by her SUV. 

LaLonna Doerr, guardian of the estate of Joshua W. Doerr, a disabled person, and Kinley Doerr, a minor, by her father, and next friend through his guardian, LaLonna Doer, filed a complaint on Aug. 10 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Jeffrey D. Mettler, doing business as Grantfolk Bowl, alleging the tavern operator violated the Dram Shop Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Aug. 16. 2016, Joshua W. Doerr was ran over and drug by an SUV begin driven by Christy G. Cummins, who was intoxicated at the time. 

Doerr suffered severe and permanent injuries to his face, head, body and limbs, and has suffered pain and mental anguish. 

The plaintiffs allege the defendant negligently sold and/or gave alcoholic beverages to an intoxicated person.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant in excess of the statutory limits of the court, plus costs of this action. 

She is represented by Philip J. Luding of Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard PC in Edwardsville.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 17-L-1151

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