Visibly Drunk Teen Served Alcohol at Wedding and Later Dies in Car Crash

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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 7, 2015 – A state trooper’s son died as a result of driving under the influence. He was served alcohol continuously at a wedding, despite clearly being inebriated.

18-year-old Johnathan Taylor was heading home after attending a wedding party and was driving while under the influence when he lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a tree. His blood alcohol content was .20, which is 2 1/2 times the legal limit for an adult.

Johnathan’s father, Greg Taylor, a state trooper, and his mother, Carrie Taylor, are now suing businesses that supplied and served guests alcohol at the wedding party. The lawsuit is being filed under the auspices of the Dram Shop law that makes businesses that sell and serve alcohol liable for injuries caused if an underage patron or an adult is continuously served and they are involved in an accident as a result of being drunk.

“The wedding party was held at the home of a prominent local doctor. The physician and his wife are to be tried on criminal charges of aiding and abetting underage drinking,” said Litigation Funding Corporation representative, Daren Monroe.

According to the statement of claim filed in the lawsuit, the Taylors’ son and the doctor’s son went to a local liquor store prior to the wedding and while there, Johnathan bought a fifth of liquor. The clerk on duty did not check Johnathan’s ID.

Apparently the two boys and three other friends consumed the fifth within 10 minutes before going to the wedding. The local liquor store, a local caterer and restaurant and the company that provided alcohol for the party are named defendants in the lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges Johnathan was continuously served, despite being visibly inebriated.

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