River City Casino allegedly allowed patron to drive its vehicle while under the influence

By Lhalie Castillo | Jan 9, 2018

ST. LOUIS — A pedestrian is suing a casino operator and one of its customers, citing alleged negligence.

Matthew Trupiano filed a complaint on Dec. 22 in the St. Louis Circuit Court against PNK (River City) LLC, Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. and Anthony Phinney, alleging that they negligently entrusted the motor vehicle to an incompetent driver.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on March 21, 2017 he was walking on Caroll Street in St. Louis when he was struck by a Mercedes-Benz being operated by Phinney. He allegedly sustained injuries to his head, left leg, and disfiguring fractures to his left tibia and fibula; and incurred necessary medical expenses in excess of $100,000. 

The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible because Phinney allegedly negligently operated a motor vehicle leased by PNK and Pinnacle while under the influence of alcohol and failed to yield right of way.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury; and seeks compensatory and punitive damages, plus interest, costs and any further relief that the court may deem just and proper. He is represented by Craig Anthony Schlapprizi of Donald L. Schlapprizzi PC in St. Louis and Alec Rosenblum of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry in St. Louis.

St. Louis Circuit Court case number 1722-CC12011

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