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Wrongful-death suit filed on behalf of Pontiac Police officer

The parents of Pontiac police officer Casey Kohlmeier, who was killed last year in the line of duty, have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit.

Named as defendants in the suit are the driver accused of hitting the officer,that driver's employer and a Bloomington bar where he allegedly got drunk.

Livingston County court documents show Keri Schmidt and Jeff Kohlmeier have filed the lawsuit against Jason Collins of West Columbia, S.C.; Baran Telecom Inc., a Georgia telecommunications company that employed Collins; and GS Partners Inc., owners of Ride the Nine/Shooter's Lounge in Bloomington.

Collins is accused of aggravated driving under the influence and reckless homicide in connection with the Oct. 30, 2013, accident that killed 29-year-old Casey Kohlmeier. The police officer died when his squad car was struck by Collins' pickup truck on Interstate 55, just north of Illinois 23 near Pontiac.

Collins remains jailed in Macon County. He needs $100,000 bond to be released. His jury trial is set for Aug. 11.

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