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ARTICLE ID 195634

$________ Dram Shop – Defendant driver strikes decedent pedestrian after consuming alcohol for several hours at defendant restaurant – Defendant driver negligently drove under the influence of alcohol – Defendant restaurant negligently served alcohol to an intoxicated patron – Wrongful death of 36-year-old male.

Bucks County, PA

The decedent, in this vehicular negligence and dram shop case, was walking on the shoulder of a busy road when the defendant, who was intoxicated, left his lane of travel and struck the plaintiff. The force of the impact caused fatal injuries to the decedent. The defendant made a general denial of all allegations of negligence.

On February 19, ________, the decedent was a pedestrian walking along the shoulder of New Falls Road in Bristol Township, Pennsylvania. The decedent was struck by a vehicle operated by the defendant driver, who had left the defendant restaurant after drinking at the establishment for several hours. The defendant driver fled the scene, but was later found and apprehended. The defendant driver was incarcerated as a result of this DUI. The estate of the decedent maintained that the defendant driver was negligent in driving under the influence of alcohol, driving at an excessive rate of speed, failing to maintain a proper lookout, and negligently driving on the shoulder of the road. The estate also alleged that the defendant restaurant was negligent in serving the defendant driver alcohol in excess, negligently serving alcohol to an intoxicated patron, and violating Pennsylvania liquor control laws. The defendants both denied all allegations of negligence, and argued comparative negligence on the part of the decedent.The estate settled with the defendant restaurant for $________, and then discontinued the case, as the defendant driver does not appear to have any assets from which the estate can recover.

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