Depositions sought in potential dram shop suit over minors killed in drunk driving collision

David Yates Feb. 29, 2012, 8:00am

Several area residents have filed a petition to take depositions, believing a local business illegally sold alcohol to three minors – teenagers who later died in an automobile collision.

Kelly and James Bates, along with Kimberly Jones, Harold Brantley, Jack Smith and Dawn Fluts filed the petition Feb. 24 in Jefferson County District Court, seeking the deposition of Triangle Marketing corporate representative Hussain Ali Habib to investigate a potential dram shop suit against The County Store.

According to the petition, on Sept. 18, 2011, J.B, 16, D.B., 17, and G.S., 17, were killed in an automobile collision.

Upon information and belief, the driver, G.S., had a blood alcohol limit above the legal limit.

"The alcohol consumed by said minor driver had been illegally provided by The County Store in violation of the law prohibiting the sale of alcohol to minors," the petition states.

The petitioners are seeking all testimony, records and video related to the event.

The petitioners are represented by attorneys Darren Brown of the Provost Umphrey law firm, Trenton Bond of Portner Bond and Beaumont attorney Clay Dugas.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 6oth District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. B192-015

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