Patron Serves 8-Year Sentence After Fatal Wreck

A patron of Dogfish Head Alehouse in Gathersburg, Maryland was served 17 beers and three shots, then drove off and crashed and killed a 10-year-old girl. A dram shop liability law is now under consideration which would hold restaurants and bars responsible if a patron consumes to much then injures or kills someone. The patron is now serving eight years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter. The family of the victim sued the alehouse for more than $3 million. The judge said at first the case would go to trial, then later dismissed it, saying the Maryland Court of Appeals should consider it as a change to change state law, according to news reports.

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