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Alleged intoxicated driver veered into parked car, owner injured, suit claims

State Court

By John Breslin | Dec 3, 2019


EDWARDSVILLE - A driver veered off a road, struck a car in the driveway of a house and injured the owner standing by the vehicle, according to a complaint filed in a Madison County court.

Plaintiff Lauren Wyman filed suit against the driver of the car, claiming negligence, and the tavern where it is claimed he was drinking prior to the accident.

In the Nov, 20 filing, Wyman states that Dustin Brown was served alchohol at Donzo's Bar and Grill that left him intoxicated before he stepped into his vehicle and drove away.

The plaintiff is making her claim under the Dram Shop Act where the owners of taverns can be held liable for serving alcohol to an individual who is later involved in an accident.

The Wood River tavern closed its doors in September and the Record was unable to contact its owners prior to publication.

Wyman claims she suffered injuries, disfigurement, pain and suffering, had to pay medical bills and lost wages following the June 8, 2019, accident.

The plaintiff is seeking more than $50,000 from the bar and the individual defendant.

According to the complaint, Brown was driving southbound on N. Wood River Avenue when he "veered off the road way" into the drive way of the plaintiff's home.

It is claimed his vehicle collided with her car, which was in the driveway. She was standing beside her vehicle and was injured, the complaint states.

Brown is accused of "negligently and carelessly" failing to keep a proper look out,  failing to use due care, and failing to keep his vehicle under control when he left the roadway an collided with the plaintiff's car.

Wyman is represented by Jane Unsell of Unsell, Schattnik & Phillips of Wood River.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 2019-L-1672.

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