Five, Including Four Children, Die in Ohio Crash

Although this accident occurred outside of North Carolina, our injury lawyers wanted to show how the circumstances in these accident affect liability:

A drunk driver heading the wrong way on an Interstate collided with a Chevy Astrovan, killing five passengers returning from a family Christmas celebration. Among the dead were an infant, a 7-year-old and two 10-year-olds.

The driver of the Ford F-350 pickup truck, 24-year-old Michael Gagnon, had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) reading of .254, over three times the legal limit in Ohio, according to local news reports. Gagnon’s injuries were non-life threatening. He faces five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide.

Killed in the collision were Bethany Griffin, 36, Jordan Griffin, 10, and Vadi Griffin, 6 months, all of Parkville, Md., along with Lacie Burkman, 7, and Haley Burkman, 10, according to the local coroner's office. A man and two other children from the minivan were taken to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Restaurant Employee Had Alerted Police to a “Drunk Driver”

Officers received a call from an employee at a Taco Bell restaurant who said there was a drunk driver in the restaurant’s drive-thru lane Sunday night. When police arrived, the man was gone and had merged onto the Interstate going north in the southbound lanes. Officers later found out the driver, Gagnon, had been drinking at a bar.

In North Carolina, if you are able to prove that the restaurant or bar knew (or should have known) they were serving the alcohol to an intoxiated patron, an injury claim could be filed against the restaurant/bar. Eyewitness statements, security tapes, and other evidence are extremely helpful. Learn more about third party claims against restaurants for drunk driving accidents.