Jury: Bar must pay $3.85M after fatal DUI crash

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Richland County jury has found has returned a $3.85 million negligence verdict in connection with a Columbia sports bar’s role in serving liquor to a drunk man who several hours later caused a fatal crash that killed a 6-year-old girl.


The State newspaper of Columbia reports that the jury deliberated more than eight hours in the civil case before reaching a verdict in favor of the family of Emma Longstreet.

The jury found the Loose Cockaboose Sports Bar was serving liquor after a state-mandated closing time, and that it had served a clearly intoxicated Billy Patrick Hutto.

Hutto, who is serving a 10-year prison sentence for felony DUI involving death, testified that he was drunk when he arrived at the bar and drank three cocktails on New Year’s Day 2012.
 

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