Providing Alcohol to Underage Minors Causes Wrongful Death

Underage drinking is a problem by itself. Those who knowingly give alcohol to underage drinkers may cause their death.

“This wrongful death lawsuit was quite disturbing for several reasons. It involved an underage teen leaving a drinking party where those who were supposedly supervising allowed and encouraged the girl to drink,” indicated Austin personal injury attorney Beverly Aylmer of Lee, Gober & Reyna.

What happened in this case is that the young girl, 17-year-old Tammy May (names have been changed to protect the identity of the victim and the family), drowned in a swamp after she left a drinking party where liquor was being supplied illegally. Tammy’s mother filed a wrongful death suit.

The lawsuit named at least seven people who evidently had a hand in Tammy’s demise. According to accident reports of the incident, the young girl went to three underage drinking parties. “One of those bashes was on the grounds of an abandoned airport facility. Seven adults ranging in age from 20 and up, and including the mother of another young adult who supplied the alcohol, were named in the suit,” Aylmer outlined.

Tammy apparently wandered away from the last party she went to, the one at the airport facility, and wound up falling into a swamp and drowning. She was too drunk to realize what was happening to her. Sadly, her body was not found for two days. An autopsy revealed that her blood alcohol content (BAC) was .18 two days after her death. This means that her BAC was even higher prior to her death.

“To say that the seven people who supplied the alcohol to an underage teen are in a world of hurt would be a major understatement. What they did was not only illegal, it was immoral and unethical. In filing this wrongful death lawsuit, Tammy’s mother hopes her message will hit home with other teens in similar situations,” added Aylmer.

Anyone in circumstances like these needs to speak to a highly qualified and experienced Austin personal injury lawyer. Details are critical to serving justice and allowing the lawyer to do his or her job and make sure justice is served in a civil suit; a wrongful death suit. In this particular example, there were likely criminal charges laid as well, and the criminal charges would have proceeded first. That does not rule out filing a wrongful death suit – a civil suit – at a later date.

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