• January 13, 2017

Kristin Adams Hurt, Kenny Chu Killed in Alleged DUI Accident in Charlotte, NC

Charlotte, NC -- An alleged DUI single-vehicle incident claimed the life of 22-year-old Kenny Chu and left Kristin Adams with injuries Saturday, January 7, 2017 in Charlotte, NC.

It appears a vehicle driven by Mr. Chu, 22, was headed north in the southbound lanes of I-85 about 3:30 a.m. when the incident happened. It appears Mr. Chu's vehicle collided with two separate vehicles, killing Mr. Chu at the scene. Mrs. Adams was transported to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the third vehicle was reportedly uninjured.

The official investigation is ongoing, and is being viewed as alcohol related.

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Commentary

While it may be fairly obvious who is at fault in this accident according to the details of the the report, what is often overlooked is the over-service of patrons, which is not only illegal, but potentially fatal. I mean, the claim that this accident occurred around 3:30 a.m. tells me there is a good chance the accused driver hit the road right after last call. That's not to say that drivers that get falling-down drunk and elect to get behind the wheel of thousands of pounds of steel aren't responsible. There's no question they should face the consequences of their actions. But, why not hold the establishments that over-serve them responsible as well. The fact is responsible bars train their employees to know how and when to cut off patrons that may become a threat to themselves or others. The only reason a bar might be inclined to serve patrons not just one but several drinks too many is a matter of placing profit over the well-being of the general public. Unfortunately, while this may fatten the wallets of bar owners, if often leads to devastating results for victims and their families.

-- Grossman Law Offices

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