Earlier this year, a former Anderson University assistant baseball coach pleaded guilty to driving drunk and killing three young people and seriously injuring a fourth. He’s serving an 18-year prison term.
Now, the mother of the lone survivor – now 13-years-old and suffering from permanent, debilitating brain injuries, is suing two of the bars that allegedly served that driver at least 13 beers and 1 shot of liquor over the span of just a few hours that night. The young girl who survived was initially believed to have been killed, but when a first-on-scene police officer – also a trained paramedic – noted a faint pulse, he performed an emergency tracheotomy on the girl. She suffered severe damage to her spinal cord resulting in paralysis, plus a fractured neck and brain damage.
The DUI dram shop lawsuit alleges the two bars at which that driver drank – Hooters and The Bench – should have refused to serve him, or else called him a taxi or Uber so he would not have attempted to drive after leaving. Records showed he was given at least one free shot of liquor at The Bench. At Hooters, the driver reportedly had conversations with the manager and also flirted with/ hugged a waitress, meaning workers were close enough to the man to know that he was impaired. That should have been their queue to stop serving him alcohol. Continue reading