Mellow Mushroom Restaurant Sued After Two Sisters Killed in Wrong Way Crash in Phoenix, Arizona
PHOENIX, AZ – May 18, 2018 (abc15.com) – According to an online report from abc15.com, the parents of two sisters who died in a wrong way crash in Phoenix, Arizona are suing the restaurant chain Mellow Mushroom where the drunk driver was allegedly overserved alcohol.*
"I'll never be a grandma, I'll never plan a wedding, I'll never pick out a wedding dress, every mother's dream with her daughter," states Cathy Hocking.
Last year in April, Kelsey and Karli died after twenty one year old Keaton Allison drove the wrong way on I-17 near Greenway Road after a night of heavy drinking. "Everybody is paying attention to it, everybody wants answers, everyone wants to know how did this happen and why did it happen," said Hocking.
The Mellow Mushroom off of Happy Valley Road is now being sued for allegedly overserving Keaton his alcohol. The lawsuit claims that Allison had so much alcohol that at the time of the crash, his blood alcohol level was three times the limit. As a result, the suit claims that the restaurant failed to “do their jobs” due to overserving Allison and causing the crash.
"We are charging in this case that the suspect was over served, was allowed to remain on the premises, and they did not protect his safety or the safety of other people," stated Wes Kuhl of the Department of Liquor Licenses and Control.
After the Arizona Department of Liquor investigated the accident, a civil citation was issued to Mellow Mushroom. According to their report, witnesses state that Allison had “numerous beers and shots.” One friend even told Allison, "Dude, you can't drive."
The girls’ mother hopes that the lawsuit will cause restaurants to think twice about perpetuating the deadly pattern of overserving customers who clearly have had too much to drink.
"It doesn't bring them back, but I hope it makes a difference," states Hocking.
Mellow Mushroom was attempted to be reached at their Georgia headquarters but has not responded for comment.
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