Victim of DUI driver sues bars that served him
The victim of a DUI driver has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the bars that served the man who allegedly hit him.
Eduardo Chua is serving the drunk driver who struck him on Christmas Eve two years ago and the bars, Miss Kelli's Karaoke and Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar, which served the driver that night.
The driver pleaded guilty to DUI but also said it was the bars' fault because they over served him.
Over serving patrons can result in revoked ABC cards, pulled permits and serious lawsuits.
"There is no excuse for a bartender or a server to serve anybody who's already intoxicated," said Dewayne Holman, who teaches a class that's required for servers and bartenders. "I warn these people time and time again in my class to not over serve. Make sure you look at those behavioral cues before you serve. For whatever reason, these people aren't doing it."
Kelly's Karaoke and Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar now face the possibility of having to pay for medical expenses, lost wages, physical and emotional pain and "loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life," according to the lawsuit.
"The bars are busy. These people are you that are serving," said a tourist in downtown Nashville. "They don't know what someone's limes are. They're only seeing them for a fraction of a second. They can't determine if they're over the limit."
Holman encourages other bar owners to take a look at this lawsuit and then take heed.
"Bars should definitely be more careful now with the lawsuit and other things that are going on," said Holman. "That could cost that whole establishment its business."
The owner of Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar did not return phone calls to Channel 4 News. The owner of Miss Kelly's Karaoke said she had not been made aware of the lawsuit.
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