Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Over-serving employer can be sued for California DUI employee's vehicle crash killing victim

In California, a restaurant, bar, or in this case a hotel, could be held responsible if employee leaves a company holiday party and becomes a DUI driver resulting in the death of another.  The name of that San Diego DUI case is Purton v. Marriott International, Inc.

The court decided that the hotel could be responsible so long as the risk that the hotel created by getting its employee intoxicated at the company party resulted in the death of the victim.  In this particular case, Michael Landri was drinking with Marriot co-workers at a holiday party.

When he left the party, he drove 109 MPH on North Torrey Pines Road with a blood alcohol level more than 2 times the .08% California DUI legal limit.  His car crashed into the rear of Dr. Jared Purton, a thirty-three year-old immunologist from Scripps Research Institute.

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