Lawsuit Filed In W.Va. Wreck That Killed 5

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Morgantown, W.Va. (AP) -- The families of five people killed in a fiery 2007 crash are suing a convicted drunken driver and two bars that served him for negligence and wrongful death.

A lawsuit filed in Monongalia County Circuit Court names Brian Stone, Automatic Slim's Hot Spot and Novichenk's Tailgater's Pub 2 as defendants.

Calls to Novichenk's and the Hot Spot owner went unanswered Tuesday.

The complaint says bar employees knew or should have known Stone was already impaired when they served him the night of the crash.

Police say his blood alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit.

Stone was convicted in 2008 of 25 charges, including five counts of DUI causing death. He was sentenced to up to 56 years in prison.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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