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Records: Woman who sued Anthony's over car crash charged with DUI


A Romeoville woman who sued Anthony’s Restaurant & Pub over a car crash allegedly caused by her drunken friend has been charged with driving under the influence.

On May 6, Kiara J. Garcia, 22, of the 200 block of South Alder Creek Drive was charged with DUI, driving with an expired license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and improper lane use, according to court records.

Garcia allegedly was driving a black Mercedes at County Line and Indian Boundary roads when she was arrested, according to the traffic ticket. A Plainfield police report alleged Garcia had no driver’s license.

An officer observed she had glassy, bloodshot eyes and had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from her breath, was stumbling and confused and that she performed poorly on a field sobriety test, according to the report.

Will County Sheriff spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer confirmed that Garcia was a passenger in the car with Lorraine A. Szymankowski, 22, of Romeoville, in 2017 when Szymankowski allegedly crashed into another person’s car on Weber Road.

On Jan. 26, Szymankowski pleaded guilty to DUI. She also pleaded guilty to improper passing of an emergency vehicle and failure to reduce speed.

Garcia had sued Anthony’s over the car crash, blaming the restaurant for serving drinks to Szymankowski, who was under the drinking age at the time. Szymankowski alleged she suffered injuries that caused her to lose wages and incur medical expenses, as well as pain and physical and emotional trauma “of a permanent and lasting nature.”

On June 6, the lawsuit was dismissed after no one showed up to a case management conference, according to court records.