Woman claims Belleville bars served man who ran stop sign

By Lhalie Castillo | Apr 18, 2018

BELLEVILLE — A woman is suing two Belleville bars after an intoxicated driver allegedly crashed into her vehicle.

BELLEVILLE — A woman is suing two Belleville bars after an intoxicated driver allegedly crashed into her vehicle.

Ashley Gula filed a complaint April 5 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Smeez Inc., doing business as Big Daddy's Disco Diner; Marco's Tavern on Main Inc., doing business as Tavern on Main; and Cave Creek Properties Inc., owner of the Tavern on Main property, alleging they violated the Dram Shop Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on April 8 or April 9, 2017, she was injured when Ryan Hines, who she claims was intoxicated and was served alcohol at Big Daddy's Disco Diner and Tavern on Main, failed to stop at a stop sign, colliding with her vehicle. 

As a result, Gula claims she endured pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, lost wages and incurred medical treatment expenses. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants negligently sold, gave and/or served alcoholic beverages to Hines.

The plaintiff seeks actual damages of more than $50,000, plus costs of this action. 

She is represented by Kevin Boyne of Kevin Boyne PC in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 18-L-246

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