Metro-East News

Jury rules in favor of Fast Eddie’s in trip-and-fall lawsuit

The popular Alton restaurant and nightclub Fast Eddie’s Bon Air prevailed in a $900,000 trip-and-fall lawsuit this week.

A 72-year-old woman sued Fast Eddie’s after she fell off a curb in the smoking pavilion outside the main building in 2013.

Cleda Chestnut’s suit alleged that there was not sufficient lighting or painted curbs to warn customers of the curb in the pavement. The fall broke her hip, and she suffered permanent scarring, according to court filings.

Chestnut and her husband, George Chestnut, sued for $300,000 in medical expenses and $600,000 in other damages.

The suit went to a civil jury earlier this week. The trial lasted two days before Madison County Circuit Judge Bill Mudge.

The six-member jury was out for about 90 minutes before they found in favor of Fast Eddie’s.

Elizabeth Donald: 618-239-2507, @BNDedonald