Parents of deceased ETX man suing Longview bar, claiming owner responsible for son's death
POSTED: Friday, February 7, 2014 - 5:33pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 5:10pm
Longview, Texas (KETK) — A popular Longview bar could be in some hot water after having a $1-million lawsuit filed against them.
Gerald's Martini Bar is being sued by Wesley and Cindy Bickerdike, of Longview, after their son, Bryan, died in December from alcohol poisoning.
The Bickerdike's tell KETK, employees of Gerald's served their son until the point he became overly-intoxicated and was a clear danger to himself and others.
Bryan, who was two days shy of his 25th birthday at the time of his death, had a blood alcohol level of .479, almost six times the legal limit, when he died from alcohol poisoning on December 14.
Gerald's owner, Gerald Rodriguez , refused to comment on the lawsuit.
Court documents obtained by KETK, show Rodriguez is denying all allegations and responsibility in Bryan's death. Records show Bryan was helped out of the downtown hot spot by his friends around 2:00 a.m., December 14, and arrived at the home of Brandon Pritchett around 2:30 a.m. A few hours later, when Pritchett checked on Bryan, he was not breathing and EMS was called.
The lawsuit alleges Gerald's acted with malice and “conscious indifference to the rights, safety or welfare of others.”
The Bickerdike's have requested a jury trial.