Drunk Driving and Illegal Service of Alcohol to Visibly Intoxicated Patron
A fifty-one-year-old man was badly injured and his seventy-one-year-old mother died in a car accident caused by a drunk driver and the bar that over-served her alcohol, The Brasserie in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The mother was killed, and the son suffered injuries including a concussion, acetabular fracture, fracture of the distal femur, closed fracture of left distal radius, fracture of the right patella, acute blood loss anemia, dissecting aortic aneurysm thoracic, and respiratory distress. He has endured multiple surgeries, he will be required to undergo future medical care, and he may never return to work again. He has the everlasting image of being trapped in a car while his mother was dying next to him.
The drunk driver had just left The Brasserie where she was drinking. From the time she left The Brasserie the drunk driver was not able to properly operate her vehicle. First, she was tailgating the car in front of her and then she hit a curb. After hitting the curb the drunk driver struck the victims’ vehicle head-on less than three-tenths of a mile from the bar. The drunk driver made no attempt to avoid a head-on collision with the victims.
The drunk driver refused the blood test intending to prevent the authorities from proving that she was under the influence of alcohol. She chose to take a one-year suspension of her driver’s license in lieu of the testing. The drunk driver was also caught in multiple lies she told to the investigating police. The drunk driver fought her criminal case for the injuries and death she caused, but she was ultimately found guilty and she is currently serving a lengthy prison term.
Prior to trial Mr. Marciano and Mr. MacAvoy obtained for the victims and their family a total settlement of $1,2650,000 against the drunk driver and The Brasserie.