March 25, 2013
A Texas bar has been found responsible for over-serving a patron who was involved in a fatal Austin Car Crash. According to the Austin American-Statesman, the accident happened on July 1, near Lady Bird Lake.
Reports indicate a 26-year-old woman had been drinking heavily at a bar called the Lustre Pearl on the night in question. She later left the establishment in a Honda Civic sedan carrying two other passengers. Shortly after beginning to drive though, the woman went down a boat ramp and the car began to sink into the lake.
The driver and a female front seat passenger was able to escape the wreckage, but a 25-year-old male in the rear passenger set of the vehicle was unable to free himself before the vehicle was submerged. Officials later determined the man died as a result of drowning.
While the woman responsible for the accident is facing intoxication manslaughter charges, she may also face civil penalties. The decision reached yesterday by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission means the bar may also face similar penalties, ranging from fines to a loss of their serving permit. It also means the facility could also be held liable in a civil case.
Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers and their team of Austin Personal Injury Lawyers recognize how dangerous drinking and driving can be. That’s why they ask that motorists never get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. Instead, utilize a designated driver.