South Carolina: after-work boozing by employees of bars feeling the pinch of million-dollar settlement after bartender killed motorist in blazing inferno
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From USA Today
A fatal drunken-driving crash and million-dollar settlement that rocked Charleston, S.C.’s fine-dining establishments has led to major changes at one of the nation’s most highly-regarded restaurants.
The fiery crash and lawsuit also have put restaurants across the USA on notice that a tradition at many restaurants — in which employees share a drink after work in a spirit of camaraderie — can have devastating consequences.
The 4 a.m. crash occurred last December, when Adam Burnell, 32, an assistant manager and sommelier at Charleston’s Husk restaurant, drove his Audi into the back of a Mustang driven by Quentin Miller, 32. The crash slammed Miller’s car into a concrete wall; it erupted in flames, trapping him inside. He died at the scene. Burnell, who prosecutors said had a blood-alcohol level of 0.24%, three times the legal limit, was charged with felony driving under the influence. …..MORE