Wrongful death lawsuit filed against Texas bar that allegedly served intoxicated teen

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against a Texas bar that allegedly served alcohol to an already intoxicated teenager.

The suit is being brought by Wayne and Theresa Chapman, the parents of Michael Chapman who was killed in a car accident caused by 19-year-old Bo Pillsbury.

According to the lawsuit, before the accident occurred, Pillsbury has been drinking in a bar called Dixie Dance Hall. The lawsuit alleges that Dixie Host Ltd., the corporate owner of the bar, continued to serve alcoholic beverages to an “obviously intoxicated” Pillsbury.

Pillsbury, the lawsuit further alleges, was then allowed to leave the premises and drive away. Pillsbury later lost control of his car, striking the vehicle in which Michael Chapman was a passenger.

To read more about the lawsuit, see this article in the Beaumont Enterprise.

This wrongful death lawsuit involves the Texas Dram Shop Act, which makes it possible to sue a person who served alcoholic beverages to an intoxicated individual if that individual later injures someone as a result of their intoxication.

For more information on the Texas Dram Shop Act, including the requirements for a successful claim, see our blog post entitled "I was hit by a drunk driver. Can I sue the person who served them alcohol?"

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