A jury in Florida awarded $716 million last month to the family of a man who was killed more than four years ago. The case arose out of a motor vehicle crash involving a drunk driver. A 17-year-old, who was intoxicated, lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a car driven by Sammy Garcia. The drunk driver was doing 75 mph in a 25 mph speed zone. The convenience store that provided the alcohol was found to be legally responsible for the death.
On February 28, 2008, the 32-year-old Garcia was in his car and stopped outside a restaurant in Apollo Beach, when then-17-year-old David Holdsworth, a high school senior, slammed into Garcia’s vehicle. Holdsworth admitted he had bought alcohol – a twelve-pack of beer and some extra-powerful beer called Tilt – twice that day at the Best For Less Food Mart. His blood alcohol was almost twice the legal limit at the time of the crash.
During the trial, teenagers testified the food mart was well-known among local students as a place where they could buy alcohol. In fact, the Sheriff’s office said the store had a system of selling alcohol beverages to minors who were charged a premium and that the store was always paid in cash. Holdsworth pled guilty to negligent homicide and is about halfway through serving his five-year prison sentence. The jury in this case, by their verdict, intended to send a message – loud and clear – to anyone who sells alcohol that if they sell it to minors they will be severely punished. Florida lawyers Bill Gilbert and Rolando Santiago represented the family and they did a very good job.
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