“…(the drunk driver)Â consumed at least six liters of beer and severalÂ shots of liquor over a period of about 41/2 hours…(he) vomited on a table and wasÂ escorted out of the bar by security. He was allowed to leave, walked to his carÂ and crashed a short time later…his blood-alcohol level an hour after the crash was 0.219, more than twiceÂ the legal limit…”
- The restaurant’s staff, including managers, servers, bartenders and security, to be certifiedÂ in Responsible Alcohol Management training through an approved PennsylvaniaÂ Liquor Control Board trainer.
- Responsibility for identifying intoxicated guests will be included in jobÂ descriptions for security personnel. In addition, the restaurant will establishÂ guidelines for responsible alcohol service and disseminate those toÂ employees.
- It will use a new point-of-sales system to provide individual checks so theyÂ know how much alcohol each customer is getting.
- It also will provide water toÂ guests to slow alcohol consumption; will establish a designated driver programÂ providing complimentary non-alcohol beverages and will provide free light foodÂ for guests who appear to be intoxicated.
The family of a 7-year-old girl who was killed by a drunken driver in 2010Â after he left the Hofbrauhaus restaurant on the South Side on Tuesday reached aÂ $15.6 million settlement with the company. In addition to the financial payout, the German-style facility has agreed toÂ a number of changes in its protocol to try to reduce customer intoxication andÂ drunken driving.
Lexa Cleland, who was asleep in the back seat as her mother drove to pick upÂ her husband, Mark, from work the night of Dec. 4, 2010, was killed instantlyÂ when her mother’s Toyota Camry was struck by a Ford Mustang driven by TravisÂ Isiminger on East Carson Street on the South Side.
The settlement breakdown pays $8.9 million to Nicole Cleland; $500,000 toÂ Mark Cleland; $2.1 million to the estate of Lexa Cleland; and just over $4Â million to their attorneys, Goodrich & Associates, for costs and fees.
The lawsuit was filed against Hofbrauhaus and Isiminger, whose insurance willÂ be responsible for paying $100,000 of the settlement.