Passenger injured in collision sues Alton bar

A passenger who was allegedly thrown from a vehicle driven by an intoxicated man is suing an Alton bar for serving the driver alcoholic beverages.

Elizabeth McCollum filed the complaint in Madison County Circuit Court May 27 against D&T Wedge Inc., doing business as D&T Wedge and Donald Wallace, alleging negligence.

McCollum alleges in her complaint that on Aug. 8, D&T Wedge sold, served or gave alcoholic liquor to Michael Cleaves, who became intoxicated. She claims Cleaves then drove his vehicle while intoxicated and caused her to be ejected from the vehicle.

She claims in her suit that Cleaves’ intoxication caused him to drive at an excessive speed and fail to reduce speed or maneuver to avoid a collision.

As a result, McCollum alleges she suffered permanent injuries to her neck, back, shoulders, arms, legs and other parts of her body.

McCollum alleges she has suffered “great pain and suffering and mental anguish” that has caused “disability and loss of a normal life.” She also alleges she has incurred medical expenses, lost wages and other expenses as a result of the collision.

McCollum seeks a judgment of more than $50,000 and all other just relief.

This article was first published by The Madison Record

Leave a Reply