Ohio family alleges drunk driving in child's death

By Philip Gonzales | Apr 20, 2018

BECKLEY — An Ohio mother and children are suing a vehicle driver and convenience store operators, alleging insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries and death.

BECKLEY — An Ohio mother and children are suing a vehicle driver and convenience store operators, alleging insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries and death.

Amber Willoughby of Columbus, individually and as administrator of the estate of Aubrey J. Willoughby, and minors Amber Willoughby, Amberly Willoughby and Thomas Crowell Jr., filed a complaint March 23 in Raleigh Circuit Court against Corey A. Sheward, One Stop Inc., Exxon Mobil and John and Jane Doe, alleging One Stop and Exxon Mobil carelessly sold or provided alcoholic beverage to Sheward.

According to the complaint, on March 28, 2016,  Amber Willoughby's children were among the passengers being driven by Carlissa Crowell northbound on Interstate Highway 77 near Ghent, West Virginia. The suit says the plaintiffs sustained a head-on collision with the vehicle driven by Sheward, who was driving the wrong way, causing the death of Carlissa Crowell, Aubrey Willoughby and severely injuring Thomas Crowell Jr. and Amberly Willoughby. 

The plaintiffs allege Sheward operated his vehicle while intoxicated and impaired by alcohol and/or drugs and carelessly was driving the vehicle causing the head-on collision. The suit says Sheward had purchased alcoholic beverages from a One Stop store owned and operated by Exxon Mobil

The plaintiffs seek trial by jury, all damages, attorney fees, court costs and expenses, pre- and post-judgment interest and all other just relief They are represented by attorney Brian L. Ooten of Shaffer & Shaffer PLLC in Madison.

Raleigh Circuit Court case number 18-L-175

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