A Kanawha County, West Virginia jury has ordered a bar owner and a man convicted of drunken driving to pay nearly $400,000 in damages in a fatal highway accident. The circuit court jury’s verdict came last month in a lawsuit filed in 2002 by Michael Landers of South Charleston against the owners of an establishment called Frank’s Place. The mother of one of the owners was one of three people killed when a car driven by that man collided with another vehicle on a state highway in February 2000. The accident occurred after the owner, who had been drinking, left the bar. He later pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and causing death while driving under the influence. Jurors ordered him to pay $128,179 in compensatory damages and $50,000 in punitive damages in the civil case. The bar was ordered to pay $220,000 in compensatory damages.
Source: Insurance Journal
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