Wife of man killed in Dram Shop Case Gets Justice for his Memory: $2.5 Million Verdict
The bartender went so far as to “flag” the customer at the bar.
The dram shop case was heard by a Perry County jury.
Keith Kerlin was killed in a wreck that happened in the early morning hours in 2013. Jason Madden was driving a Lexus “while extremely intoxicated.” At the same time, deceased plaintiff Keith Kerlin was traveling east in the eastbound lane of Route 22/322 in his Oldsmobile. “Due to his severe intoxication, Jason Madden slammed his car head-on with Keith Kerlin’s car was the allegation.
At the time of the collision, Madden’s blood alcohol content was .268 percent, the complaint said.
“For more than six hours, Jason Madden consumed alcoholic beverages at Creekside, including beer and hard liquor,” the complaint said. “After hours of consuming alcohol, Creekside patrons offered to give Jason Madden a ride home as it was obvious that he could not safely operate his own motor vehicle.”
While nothing will ever bring back the memories, love, and companionship of Mr. Kerlin, this verdict sends a message loud and clear to bars and taverns- pay attention to those you serve.