Drunk Driving Victim sues bar for negligence
POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. – 55-year old Dana Corrar, a New Jersey woman who suffered life-threatening injuries in an accident that was caused by an intoxicated driver last summer, has filed a lawsuit against a Point Pleasant Beach bar.
According to the WCBS 880’s Levon Putney report, it was written in the lawsuit filed in Middlesex County against Martell’s Tiki Bar in Point Pleasant Beach that they should have known 26-year old Ashley Chieco, of Wood-Ridge, was drunk when they kept serving her in mid-August.
Attorney Paul Edelstein told Putney, “Here’s a bar that provides you the bullets in terms of alcohol and then in this case, gave this girl the gun that wasn’t even her gun. That happened by way of the bar allowing it to happen”.
Chieco took someone else’s car out of the parking lot, drove off and 40 miles later collided with Dana Corrar’s car. She suffered severe trauma in the accident, has undergone numerous surgeries and now lives in an assisted living center.
Chieco died in the accident that happened on Route 18 South at about 6 p.m. on 16th of August.
Corrar’s representative Edelstein said that they are suing the car for compensatory and punitive damages. He said, “Even though we named Ashley’s estate in this suit, we really view her, in part, as a victim of the negligence of the bar just as much as Dana was. Ashley had some responsibility, obviously, with respect to her own drinking. But after that, she’s a victim of the very same negligence that Dana is in terms of this bar placing a loaded gun in her hands, which is a car that wasn’t even hers”. The bar failed to monitor the situation which caused an unreasonable risk of harm to the public, he added. Edelstein told Putney, “You think maybe they could have a guy outside to make sure you don’t get in a stolen car? You think maybe they could have a car service parked outside for a couple hundred bucks a night to say ‘we’ll escort you back to your house if you’re too drunk to get back, we’ll call you a cab?. It’s gotta be prevented from happening before it begins.”
The medical examiner determined that at the time of her death, Chieco’s BAC level limit was above the legal limit allowed for driving.
On Friday, a man who answered the phone at Martell’s told that they are not taking any calls and he also refused to comment on the lawsuit.
News Source: NewYork.CBSLocal.com