Last April, a 24-year-old woman decided to drink and drive. After hitting a pedestrian, she then chose to leave the scene of the accident. When she was later apprehended, the woman chose to lie about the crash.
On April 10, 2016, the woman crashed her vehicle into the east side of a concrete barrier, according to police. She then hit a 21-year-old young man who was hiking along the shoulder of Interstate 229 when he was struck and killed by a Ford Fusion. As the woman continued driving, she crashed into the west side of the concrete barrier, at which time the pedestrian was thrown from the vehicle and hurled over the wall. The driver then fled the scene on foot. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.
When the woman was found a short time later, she told police that she had been a passenger in the car and an unknown male had been driving. However, investigators found only the driver’s airbag deployed, the woman’s blood was found there, and she had the car keys. Yet, the woman maintained her lies throughout the investigation, according to reports.
Investigators said the driver was under the influence and speeding at the time of the crash. Her blood alcohol level tested at .134% at the time, and police said the car was traveling about 96 mph.
The driver eventually admitted that she had been drinking at a local bar and grill prior to getting behind the wheel. She is currently serving a 12-year sentence for first-degree involuntary manslaughter, with a requirement that she serves 85 percent — or nine years and 11 months — before she could be considered for parole. Court records showed a prior conviction for felony possession of a controlled substance with a three-year prison sentence and another three-year sentence for a felony assault conviction.
The parents of the victim recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the bar and grill and its owners alleging they knowingly served alcohol to a visibly intoxicated woman with knowledge that this individual would be driving. A trial date has been set for January 2018. However, the bar owners filed a legal response denying many of the allegations in the lawsuit. The negligent driver was also named in the suit.
Lawsuits such as this one are about holding all responsible, including restaurants and bars, fully accountable for their actions.
Many people who have lost a loved one to a drunk driver, do not realize that they may have a viable wrongful death lawsuit against the person that negligently or recklessly killed their loved one, as well as other parties that contributed to the drunk driver getting behind the wheel and causing the crash.
A bar or restaurant that allegedly over served alcohol to visibly intoxicated person can often be held responsible if the intoxicated individual causes serious injury or death in a car crash after leaving the establishment. That’s where having an experienced attorney can help a case and maximize recovery.
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