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Man serving 32-year sentence for driving drunk in Iowa

When you lose a loved one or are a victim of a drunk driver, you probably want to take steps against the driver or person who allowed the driver to drive while drunk. That's what some people are starting to do in Iowa, according to this report from May 23. According to the news, there are suits being filed against bars following a fatal crash where a young woman was killed by a drunk driver in a pickup truck.

The story claims that the 20-year-old woman was the passenger on a motorcycle driven by a 24-year-old man and was killed when a pickup truck driven by a man struck them. The 24-year-old motorcycle driver survived, according to the story, but he has suffered traumatic brain injuries, has become almost totally blind and has suffered from a mutilated leg.

The man who struck the pair was drunk, according to the news. His blood alcohol content was allegedly .214, which is over twice the legal limit. That BAC was taken an hour after the accident took place, suggesting that it was much higher at the time of the crash.

There have been separate lawsuits surrounding this case including one filed in April for the 20-year-old woman's estate and the driver of the motorcycle. The lawsuit alleged that the Bucketz Bar & Grill in Jesup, Iowa, and Heartland Acres Agribition Center in Independence, Iowa, had served the driver alcohol until the point where he was intoxicated.

The lawsuit alleges that the officials at Heartland Acres knew that the man struggled with controlling his alcohol intake, which they could have had control over. The 22-year-old man had been at Bucketz on the afternoon of the crash and had been drinking. He allegedly had four to five beers in one hour. Then, he went to a wedding reception. At that location, he allegedly had four mixed drinks along with six or seven beers and four or five shots of alcohol. That took place over the course of around five hours.

The man responsible for the crash has been arrested, according to the news. He was charged with leaving the scene, homicide by vehicle and criminal mischief. He has already been sentenced to 32 years in prison, but the lawsuits hope to seek justice by going to the source of the alcohol.

Source: WCF Courier, "Suits filed against bars following fatal crash" Jeff Reinitz, May. 23, 2014

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