Houston bar sued for serving driver who died from single-car crash

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Apr. 21, 2011, 4:10am

GALVESTON – Brazoria County resident Guadalupe Carreon has filed suit against a Houston bar over the death of her son in a car crash.

According to a lawsuit filed April 5 in Galveston County District Court, Guillermo Ayala Jr. died two years ago as a result of injuries he sustained in a one-car accident after a night of drinking at Sherlock's Baker Street Pub in Houston.

Sherlock's is owned and operated by defendants Sherlock's USA Inc. and Hospitality USA Investment Group Inc.

Ayala and his wife were at the establishment the night of April 6, 2009, and the suit claims Sherlock's continued to serve Ayala alcohol although he was already in an intoxicated state.

Ayala later crashed his vehicle in what court papers described as a fiery event.

Police pulled Ayala from the flaming wreckage. He sustained multiple injuries as well as burns to a significant percentage of his body, the suit says.

Ayala died at a local hospital a few days later.

Carreon consequently sues for pain and suffering, mental anguish and medical and funeral expenses. She also requests a jury trial.

The plaintiff is entitled to recover damages pursuant to the Texas Dram Shop Act, the Texas Wrongful Death Statute and the Texas Survival Statute, the suit says.

The Little Law Firm P.C. is representing Carreon, and Galveston County 10th District Court Judge David Garner is presiding over the case.

Case No. 11-cv-0576

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