Victim Stanley Motnzer survived the horrific DUI hit-and-run crash outside of Old Key Lime House in Lantana, Florida, and should be compensated for her traumatic injuries.
An April 27th 2019 hit-and-run crash perpetuated by an intoxicated Boynton Beach man left a woman severely hospitalized after the driver’s pickup truck hit and dragged her body at least 200 feet from the site of crash in Lantana, FL.
Police records show the man, Ryan McDowell, had been heavily drinking at the Old Key Lime House on East Ocean Avenue, a popular key-west style waterfront bar and restaurant. Video surveillance documents the man having consumed seven or more double-shots of liquor at the bar immediately prior to getting behind the wheel of his truck.
The victim had been standing outside of her nearby home when the pickup truck operated by Motnzer backed up and hit her at a high rate of speed, then dragged her down the street before she was release. He then continued on down the road, leaving the scene.
News articles report she is confined to a wheelchair following this horrific crash.
Liability against Old Key Lime House for over-serving
There are two liability aspects of this case to consider.
First, McDowell has been arrested and booked on several serious criminal charges, including DUI causing bodily injury and leaving the scene of a crash involving bodily injury. Penalties for felonies of this nature often include jail time.
Separate and apart from the criminal liability, Mr. McDowell should also face civil penalties. Ms. Motnzer should hire a personal injury lawyer immediately to protect and pursue a claim against this defendant’s auto insurance company.
Second, the establishment that served McDowell, Old Key Lime House in Lantana, FL, may have liability exposure for over-serving McDowell. The potential liability lies in how much McDowell was served that evening. Eight shots in two hours is dangerously high amount of alcohol to provide to a patron, and the serving bartender and manager should have known better. In addition, Florida laws require training of restaurant and bar employees to recognize when a customer has had too much to drink. Bars and restaurants can be held liable for over serving a customer, in certain cases.