IL: Woman files Dram Shop suit against three bars following fatal car accident

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IL: Woman files Dram Shop suit against three bars following fatal car accident

Madison Record

September 15, 2015

A St. Clair County woman filed a Dram Shop suit against three bars and the owners after her daughter was killed in a car accident.

Dawn Porter filed a lawsuit on Aug. 20 in St. Clair County Circuit Court individually and as estate administrator of Hannah Porter against Crystal Steinheimer; Michael J’s Saloon; Michael J. Stefani; KBB Growth LLC, doing business as Water St. Bar & Grill; Just Sue’s; and Susan K. Levery; alleging the wrongful death of her daughter Hannah in January.

According to the complaint, Hannah Porter died on or about Jan. 10, when a car in which she was traveling as a passenger on IL-159 in Monroe County was struck by Steinheimer as she allegedly crossed the center line. The plaintiff accuses Steinheimer of failure to control her vehicle, keep a lookout, and stay in her designated lane.

The driver of the vehicle Porter was in also died, and a second passenger was injured, the suit states.

Invoking the Illinois Wrongful Death Statute, Illinois Survival Statute, and Illinois Dramshop Act, Dawn Porter alleges the decedent sustained pain, anguish, disability, disfigurement, medical bills and lost income before succumbing to her injuries.

Additionally citing grief and loss of a loved one, the plaintiff accuses all three bars, located in Evansville, and their respective owners of over-serving Steinheimer on the same date prior to the collision.

Seeking judgment for more than $75,000 plus attorney’s fees and costs, she is represented by Samantha Unsell of Keefe & Keefe in Belleville .

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-470