Illinois Woman Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Illinois Woman Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

A woman living in Illinois filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a man who was killed by a drunk driver. According to the lawsuit, Jeremiah C. Phelps was walking down the street Nov. 12 when he was hit and killed by a vehicle that was driven by Shawn A. Meyers. 

Lawsuit Blames Driver’s, Bar Owners’ Negligence

According to the lawsuit, Meyers had consumed alcoholic beverages at the Half Moon Lounge, which is owned by Troy E. and Patricia C. Howell, prior to the accident. Meyers, Troy and Patricia are all named defendants in the wrongful death suit.  

The lawsuit claims Meyers was negligent because he: 

  • Drove too fast, recklessly
  • Drove without adequate brakes
  • Failed to honk his horn or give warning to Phelps he was approaching
  • Failed to stop in time to avoid collision with Phelps
  • Drove under the influence of alcohol 

According to the lawsuit, the owners of the lounge were also negligent because they continued to serve alcohol to Meyers, even though he was intoxicated. 

Deceased Man Leaves Behind Three Children

Jaime Douglas filed the lawsuit on behalf of Phelps and his children. Phelps died as a result of the traumatic injuries sustained in the accident and left behind three children: 

  • Austin Crow Douglas Phelps
  • Tristin Phelps
  • Brooke Phelps 

Suit Names Children’s’ Losses

According to Douglas, the children, all of who are minors, have sustained emotional pain and suffering, and have been deprived of their father’s: 

  • Companionship
  • Guidance
  • Attention
  • Advice
  • Training
  • Instruction
  • Love  

Douglas is seeking sums in excess of $100,000 for damages. The wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in Madison County Circuit Court. 

(Source: Madison St. Clair Report) 

Has someone you love been killed due to the negligence, recklessness or intentional harm of another? If so, contact us today to speak with a qualified personal injury attorney who will determine whether you are eligible to file a wrongful death suit against the liable parties.

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