TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – On Friday afternoon, a jury provided extra than 30 million bucks to the family of a lady, Jacqueline Fairchild, in any other case known as Jackie, who become struck by means of a drunk driver.
The verdict determined in opposition to the popular bars Potbellys and the now closed, Cantina 101.
Back in November of 2014, on the eve of an FSU vs. UF recreation, Jackie Faircloth turned into traveling her brother who turned into staying at the Southgate residences. Jackie became a senior in excessive school at the time.
Don Hinkle, Faircloth’s lawyer says that Faircloth and friends went to Cantina one hundred and one, and while Jackie showed her 18 12 months antique ID, they banded her as “21”, “She had in no way been in an surroundings like that she had in no way been in a bar wherein she should drink like that.”
Hinkle shares that Faircloth had more than one drinks, left the bar, and then whilst crossing the road to satisfy her brother, she was hit with the aid of a purple vehicle. The driver was Devin Dwyer, who Hinkle stocks changed into an employee at Potbellys also underneath the have an effect on, “He drank there for 4 hours, offered 18 beers, offered six bourbons and gave him a fifty percent bargain even though he become underneath age.”
But Hinkle says it is not necessarily Dwyer who’s guilty, “These bars offered underage children understanding they have been underage, no faux ID’s right here. Sold them alcohol. One went to prison and the opposite is a prisoner in her personal body.”
Faircloth suffered severe accidents from the incident, rendering her not able to devour, walk or communicate. Without help. But on Friday afternoon, the Faircloth family receiving remedy, as the jury presented greater than 30 million bucks to Faircloth.
After a previous mistrial, Hinkle believes this amount is honest, “Hopefully with these assets she will continue to improve, retain to get higher and she or he sports numerous times a week, adaptive technologies aren’t cheap but they may be coming down the pike and there is a lot we are hoping for the future.”
Hinkle says there may be nevertheless an extended manner to head for this case however he hopes, “That this verdict sends a loud and clear message to other bars and other restaurants and now not knowingly and illegally serve minors.”
And this case, Hinkle hopes serves for example to students returning to campus, “They need to understand that they are no longer mature these legal guidelines are passed to protect people from themselves to a degree.:”
Hinkle asks students to practice safe drinking habits and road policies.