Bar Responsible For Fatal Car Crash By Drunk Driver Who Killed A Man - Dallas, Texas
The family of a man killed by a drunken driver recovered $300,000 from a bar that allegedly overserved him. Plaintiff William Grieb, 34, had been pulled over by police when he stood on the side of the road between his car and the police car. A truck driven by Shane Gildersleeve collided with the police car. The police officer was able to jump out of the way, but Gried was fatally crushed between the two cars. Gildersleeve kept driving for another half-mile until police pulled him over. He had a blood alcohol level of 0.15 and four unopened beers in his truck. The truck driver and his employer settled for $1 million and the family went to trial against the Starting Gate Bar. Plaintiff's counsel argued that it served Gildersleeve 10 to 12 beers and sold him a six-pack to go. The jury found the bar 20 percent liable and the settling tortfeasors 80 percent liable, which reduced its $1.5 million award.