Walmart has been added as a defendant to a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the estate of a pedestrian killed on Godfrey Rd. in Madison County, Illinois on December 27, 2008. A man walking down Godfrey Rd. was struck and killed by a GMC Safari. The driver left the scene in what appeared to be a hit and run accident, but he returned to the scene. During his deposition, he admitted to drinking alcohol which he believes he purchased at Walmart.
On December 17, 2009, Walmart was added as a dramshop defendant in this case. Illinois dramshop laws allow a recovery against the seller of alcohol when the alcohol sold contributes to an accident.
The claim was brought by the family of the decedent, who was survived by his wife and two children. The family is represented by Michael P. Glisson, of the law firm of WWF&G of Alton, Illinois. The claim will be set for case management after Walmart formally enters its appearance.
If you or a family member has been injured in an alcohol related accident, you should contact an Illinois personal injury attorney.