• October 09, 2019

Kathryn Adelstein, Madeline Lund Killed, John Fannin Charged in Winthrop, MA DUI Accident

Winthrop, MA -- October 6, 2019, Kathryn Adelstein and Madeline Lund were killed, John Fannin charged, following an accident alleged caused by alcohol.

Massachusetts State Police reported that the crash happened Sunday afternoon off the corner of Neptune Avenue and Winthrop Shore Drive.

Preliminary investigations said that 30-year-old John Fannin was driving a convertible along Winthrop Shore Drive at the time. It appears the vehicle drifted out of its lane and crashed into an unoccupied pickup on the shoulder. This caused the convertible to flip over.

To women in the car, 27-year-old Adelstein and 29-year-old Lund, suffered fatal injuries as a result. Fannin had non-life threatening injuries.

At this time, Fannin faces multiple charges, including operating under the influence of liquor. Additional details are unclear at this time.

Commentary

This is a terrible crash to read about. If the allegations are true, I can't help but wonder where the alcohol came from. Massachusetts Dram Shop Law says that it's illegal for bars, liquor stores, restaurants, and other businesses to sell alcohol to intoxicated people. If they do so, and the person causes an accident, victims and families can file a complaint against those businesses.

Texas has very similar laws to Massachusetts in that respect. I've litigated more Dram Shop cases here in Texas than any other firm in our state. What's important for victims and families to keep in mind is that bars and other establishments don't just roll over and cooperate. They never want to take responsibility, and it takes extensive evidence to keep them honest, show how their over-service contributed to the accident, and ultimately get them to take responsibility for their actions.

The other important thing experience has taught me is that Dram Shop is an effective tool for ensuring all responsible parties are held accountable. Going after drunk drivers is incredibly important, there's no mistake about that. But without Dram Shop, negligent alcohol providers who flout the law and put lives in danger often walk away with no consequences. Police are usually thorough in punishing drunk drivers. It's usually up to victims and families to make sure that the bars who served them also face judgment.

--Grossman Law Offices

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