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Two bars may be held liable in fatal drunk driving accident

Posted on Monday, June 9th, 2014 at 6:47 pm    

The two businesses in Iowa that allowed pickup driver Bryan Cornwell to get drunk before he caused a fatal accident last June now face lawsuits holding them responsible, an article by the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier stated on May 23.

The family of Kathlyn Leekley, who died in the motorcycle crash, and Derek Lee Martie both filed lawsuits against Bucketz Bar & Grill and Heartland Acres Agribition. The lawsuits claimed that the two businesses let Cornwell, 22, get drunk by serving him too many drinks. On June 22 of last year, Leekley and Martie were riding a motorcycle home from a date when they were struck by a pickup truck driven by Cornwell, who had a blood alcohol level of 0.214. Leekley died of multiple injuries days after the crash. Martie survived, although he was left blind and with a mangled leg. This March, Cornwell was sentenced to prison for 32 years.

Families who have lost their loved ones in fatal crashes caused by intoxicated drivers often suffer great financial loss in addition to their emotional burden. If you are in this situation, the Cedar Rapids-based lawyers at the Leehey Olson Law, P.C. may represent you. Find out how we may possibly help you recover your financial loss today by calling (319) 294-4424.

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