Settlement of $900,000 of Dram Shop Case
Just after midnight on February 26, 2005, the car driven by the alleged drunk driver, Jason Goodspeed, crossed double yellow solid lines on a state highway directly into the path of the vehicle driven by the plaintiff about 1.8 miles from the Adirondack Bar & Grill. Both vehicles were demolished in the head-on collision. The plaintiff had no chance to take evasive measures to avoid the collision, and he and his wife were extricated from their car by the Town of Queensbury Fire Department. The 61-year old plaintiff sustained substantial orthopedic injuries in the crash necessitating multiple operations at the Albany Medical Center and Boston General Hospital, and his wife died four hours after the collision as a result of internal bleeding.
The alleged drunk driver, Jason Goodspeed, had a blood alcohol level of .20%, more than twice the legal limit for driving while intoxicated. The plaintiff's forensic toxicologist estimated that Goodspeed consumed 11 to 15 beers prior to leaving the Adirondack Bar & Grill at midnight, just minutes before the crash occurred, and he further opined that Goodspeed would have had the appearance of gross intoxication when he was last served beer at the Adirondack Bar & Grill based on his blood alcohol level. Eyewitnesses at the bar confirmed that Goodspeed drank beer at the Adirondack Bar & Grill for 4 hours just prior to the motor vehicle accident.
The dram shop coverage for the Adirondack Bar & Grill was limited to $1 million.