The estate of Brian Beaver, a 24-year-old Washington man, who was killed by a drunk driver filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a Montana bar claiming that the saloon illegally over served alcohol to the driver that killed Beaver.
Beaver, who was married and the father of a young son, was visiting Montana and was walking on a sidewalk with two friends when a car driven by Brain Holm drove up onto the sidewalk and struck Beaver. Beaver was thrown against a brick wall and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Toxicology reports on Holm showed that he was intoxicated at the time of the accident and he had taken a prescription painkiller, Ambien and an antidepressant prior to the drunk driving accident.
Holm was convicted of Vehicular Homicide and was sentenced to 30 years in prison; He is currently free as he appeals his conviction.
Beaver’s estate filed suit against KT’s Hayloft Saloon under dram shop liability. Dram shop liability refers to laws that oversee taverns, saloons, bars, and other establishments that serve alcohol to an obviously intoxicated person who subsequently injures or kills another due to their intoxication.
The lawsuit seeks compensation for personal injury, pain and suffering, medical and burial costs, loss of consortium, emotional distress, wrongful death and loss of future earnings.
According to the Missoulian, in an article reported by Martin Kidston, the saloon has video footage of Holm at the bar showing that he was in the bar between 6pm and 10:30pm and that alcohol was provided to him in a “To Go” cup.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We reprsent people who have been seriously injured in accidents caused by drunken drivers and the family of those killed with their wrongful death claims.