Mom files lawsuit against driver in son’s fatal motorcycle crash

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A mother whose oldest son was killed in motorcyle accident on April 1 has filed a wrongful death suit. Deborah Nazari, 41, of Shiloh has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Patricia Schantz.

Schantz, 48, is now demanding a jury trial.

Douglas Landers, 23, of O’Fallon was killed in the motorcycle accident on Carlyle Avenue (Illinois 161) near Shiloh Station Road outside of Belleville. Schantz, who was driving a Nissan Armada, was not injured in the head-on crash that occured at approximately 6 a.m. 

On April 28, Nazari was appointed by St. Clair County 20th Judicial Circuit Court executor of her son’s estate, and filed a lawsuit against Schantz. Nazari is being represented by Belleville attorney Bruce R. Cook, of Cook, Ysursa, Bartholomew, Brauer & Shevlin Ltd. Schantz is represented by Paul P. Waller, III, of Walker and Williams of Belleville.

A mandatory status conference will be held at 9 a.m., Monday Aug. 8 in courtroom 404 at the St. Clair County Courthouse in Belleville. Nazari’s complaint states that the defendant, Schantz, was operating a motor vehicle traveling east on Route 161 in the Village of Shiloh while her son was traveling west on the same road. According to Illinois State Police (ISP), Schantz who was driving eastbound when the crash occured.

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