Mother, daughter sue Jimmy John's, claim 'freaky fast' promotion led to crash

By John Breslin | Jun 10, 2019

A mother and her daughter allege a promise of "freaky fast" delivery by sandwich-making chain Jimmy John's is the cause of a Glen Carbon collision. 

Connie Sue Brown and her minor daughter, Karen, from Tennessee, filed suit in Madison County Circuit Court against Jimmy John's, franchisee Kidds Restaurant, and driver Eli Beam, following the August 2017 crash. 

Headquartered in Champaign, Ill., Jimmy John's did not respond to a call and written request for comment from the Record. 

Plaintiff attorney James Lemonds of Brown and Crouppen in St. Louis had not responded to a request for comment by publication time. 

The plaintiffs accuse Beam of negligently and carelessly striking the rear of their vehicle near Glen Carbon at the intersection of Junction Drive and South Street Route 159.

The plaintiffs accuse both Kidds Restaurant and Jimmy John's of culpability through vicarious liability as well as the chain's promotion, which promises "We're freaky fast so your sandwich arrives freaky fast."

The Browns allege Jimmy John's and Kidds Restaurant did not properly train its drivers, who were "recklessly required to make deliveries within a limited radius of the store and in order to ensure deliveries were 'freaky fast,' which resulted in Beam operating a motor vehicle in the manner which caused injury to the plaintiffs."

The suit states that Jimmy John's actions or omissions "show wanton and willful, conscious, and/or reckless disregard for the plaintiffs and other members of the driving public."

The plaintiffs allege they endured pain, suffering and discomfort as a result of multiple injuries. Connie Sue Brown also claims she incurred medical expenses and lost wages. 

They seek more than $50,000. 

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