Applebee's sued over drunk pedestrian's death

Posted at: 05/01/2013 11:53 AM | Updated at: 05/01/2013 11:56 AM
By: The Associated Press


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A Taos restaurant is facing a lawsuit over allegations that it overserved a pedestrian who was struck and killed by a pickup.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Julian Varela had a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit for driving when he left the Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar on Dec. 29, 2011.

He was killed by a teen driver who wasn't cited in the incident.

The lawsuit says the restaurant's employees shouldn't have served Varela the 20-ounce "Brewtus" beers and should have stopped him from leaving while intoxicated.

It says Applebee's corporate leadership encouraged its restaurants to drive up liquor sales.

An Applebee's spokesman told the newspaper that the chain doesn't comment on pending litigation.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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