SOURCE: The Crosley Law Firm, P.C.

The Crosley Law Firm, P.C.

May 23, 2013 18:30 ET

Police Officer's Family Settles Death by Drunk Driver Case

SAN ANTONIO, TX--(Marketwired - May 23, 2013) - The family of Sergio Antillon, the police officer struck and killed in San Antonio on October 14, 2010, has settled its lawsuit against the four defendants who contributed to his untimely death. The defendants included the drunk driver of the vehicle that struck Officer Antillon, the drunk driver of the vehicle to whom Officer Antillon had stopped to render aid, The Bunratty Pub, and the bartender who served alcoholic drinks to one of the drunk drivers on the night of the fatal accident. Officer Antillon's family was represented by attorneys Tom Crosley and Andy Rodriguez of The Crosley Law Firm, P.C.

On October 14, 2010, at approximately 3:00 a.m., 25 year old Officer Antillon was on his way home from his shift when he came upon a single car accident on Loop 410 near Military Drive involving Alfredo G. Araguz, III. Officer Antillon pulled over to render aid, and was standing on the shoulder of the highway when a vehicle driven by Sandra Coy Briggs struck him, throwing him 125 feet into a guardrail. He sustained massive injuries, from which he died fifteen days later. Araguz and Briggs sustained minor injuries. A San Antonio Police Department accident investigator determined that Briggs' vehicle was traveling 78 miles per hour at the time of impact. Briggs was later convicted of intoxication manslaughter and sentenced to 45 years in prison. For his part, Araguz was convicted of misdemeanor DWI, and sentenced to sixteen months of probation.

The suit filed by the Antillon family claimed that both Briggs and Araguz were intoxicated, and The Bunratty Pub served excessive amounts of alcohol to Briggs. The evidence showed that blood alcohol levels for both Briggs and Araguz were over the legal limit at the time of the crash. A forensic toxicologist also concluded that, in the hours before the crash, The Bunratty Pub's bartender continued to serve alcohol to Briggs after she became intoxicated.

"Drunk drivers put everyone in our community at risk," said attorney Tom Crosley. "Officer Antillon's tragic death was preventable on so many levels. In this case, there were four defendants -- the two drunk drivers, the bar, and the bartender -- whose conduct contributed to Officer Antillon's fatal injuries."

The evidence developed in the case showed that many of The Bunratty Pub employees did not have valid Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Seller Training certificates on the night of the accident. Further, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission records indicated The Bunratty Pub was the subject of three complaints alleging the sale of alcoholic beverages to an intoxicated person.

Because The Bunratty Pub was operating without liability insurance, it was forced to pay its share of the settlement out of its operating funds. As part of the settlement, attorneys for the Antillon family insisted that The Bunratty Pub forfeit its liquor license, and either close down or be sold to new ownership. The Bunratty Pub has now closed and no longer has a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission license to sell alcohol. Briggs and Araguz settled for their insurance policy limits.

"Bars and restaurants serving alcohol must not needlessly endanger the public by serving alcohol to intoxicated customers who then drive their cars on our roadways," said attorney Andy Rodriguez. "This case shows that they will be held accountable for their actions."

The Crosley Law Firm is a personal injury law firm headquartered in San Antonio with offices in Houston and Edinburg. Mr. Crosley is board certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and board certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is one of few Texas lawyers to hold both distinctions. Learn more about Crosley Law Firm at www.crosleylaw.com.

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