Our firm represents the parents of a 19-year-old boy who was tragically killed in an automobile accident. It was discovered that, on the night of the accident, the Defendants sold beer to this teenager on two separate occasions. The alcohol sales were recorded by video surveillance tapes. The tapes confirmed that the clerk for the convenience store never requested any identification from the minor.
In the early 1900s, the Alabama Legislature recognized the dangers associated with the selling of alcohol to minors and saw the urgent need to protect children from their own immaturity as it relates to the drinking of alcohol. So the 1907 Legislature passed a statute prohibiting the furnishing of liquor to minors. This legislation eventually evolved into Ala. Code §6-5-70 (1975). This code section has been amended over the years, but in essence, it still makes it unlawful to sell or furnish spirituous liquor to a minor. What makes our case particularly tragic is, in the months leading up to this young man’s death, the parents of this child repeatedly contacted the Defendants’ store informing them that their son was a minor. They literally begged them not to sell any alcoholic beverages to him. The convenience store’s conduct in this case is abhorrent.
In 2007, an estimated 12,998 people died in drunk driving related crashes. Many of those who died were minors. The company’s conduct in this case represents the epitome of irresponsibility and a complete disregard for the laws of the State of Alabama and the safety of minors. Mike Crow from our firm will be the lead lawyer in this case.
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