The father of a man killed after being hit by a car driven by an alleged drunk driver is suing and the driver and the bar that served him alcohol before the accident.
Jeffery Stokowski, as administrator for Shane Stokowski's estate, filed two lawsuits Dec. 17 in the Cook County Circuit Court, one against C.M. Spina Inc., doing business as Aberdeen Tap, and another against Timothy McShane.
According to the complaint, McShane was driving on North Aberdeen Street in Chicago on March 22, when Shane was struck by McShane's vehicle after he tried to prevent McShane from driving, resulting in injuries that led to his death.
In addition to claiming that McShane was drunk at the time of the incident, Stokowski alleges that McShane was not operating his vehicle at a proper speed and failed to avoid the collision even though he saw or should have seen Shane in close proximity to his car.
Stokowski is also suing the owner of bar he asserts served alcohol to McShane before the incident that caused him to become intoxicated.
He is suing the bar under the state's Dram Shop Act and suing McShane under the state's Wrongful Death Act. Stokowski is represented by Daniel P. Cusack of Cusack, Gilfillan & O’Day in Peoria.
Cook County Circuit Court case numbers: 2014L013018 and 2014L013020.
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