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La Crosse parents hold bar liable for son's drunk driving death

Four friends were out celebrating an engagement. They spent a considerable amount of time at the Wildwood Smokehouse and Saloon in Iowa City. When they left, the driver was obviously drunk according to sources.

A 26-year-old man from La Crosse, a 27-year-old woman from Onalaska, and the engaged couple from Iowa City, were all killed in a drunk driving car accident. The parents of the 26-year-old man are suing the Wildwood Smokehouse and Saloon for the drunk driving death of their son.

News sources state that the two couples had apparently been drinking at the bar and restaurant prior to getting in the 2009 Nissan belonging to the 27-year-old woman from Iowa City. Her 27-year-old fiancé was the driver and the couple from Wisconsin was riding as passengers.

The driver lost control on a curve in the Herbert Hoover Highway in Johnson County near Taft Avenue SE. The car rolled down a hill or embankment, and all four young adults were pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident took place in 2010, and the lawsuit was just made public. The reason for the delay was not made known; however accident investigations and autopsies may have been involved.

According to Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, a dram shop is able to deny service to anyone who is obviously intoxicated. Iowa ABC states that, Iowa licensees and their employees may not "sell, dispense, or give to an intoxicated person, or one simulating intoxication, any alcoholic liquor, wine or beer."

The parents of the 26-year-old La Crosse man who died apparently think that the Wildwood Smokehouse and Saloon over-served the driver of the car the night of the fatal crash. They are seeking wrongful death damages amounting to the 26-year-old's expected lifetime of earnings.

Source: KCRG-TV, "Parents Sue Bar in Relation to Deadly 2010 Crash," June 12, 2012

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