Lubbock Family Sues Restaurants That Sold Liquor to Drunk Driver
A Lubbock family was left terrified and injured when a car crashed into their home around 11 p.m. on June 17, 2015. The driver of the vehicle was highly intoxicated and had slammed his car into a parked vehicle before continuing on to hit the home. The family was asleep in one room with both parents and two children nested in their bed and crib. The car seriously injured the parents and left the father paralyzed from the waist down.
Now, KCBD reports that the family has filed a one million dollar lawsuit against the restaurants that served the 31-year-old drunk driver alcohol. Ruby Tequila’s, Blue Mesa, and Chimy’s Cerveceria are named in the suit which says that the driver was “obviously intoxicated to the extent that he presented a clear danger to himself and others.”
At this time, the restaurants have not made any statements regarding the lawsuit, and the drunk driver is still awaiting sentencing.
Suing restaurants for serving alcohol to destructive drunk drivers is not without precedent. In 2015, Fox 5 writes that a family sued Craftworks Incorporated and the restaurant’s manager where the drunk driver who killed their son worked and was served copious amounts of alcohol after his shift had ended.