Pennsylvania Family Gets $15.6M in DUI Lawsuit

May 9, 2013

The family of a 7-year-old girl who was killed by a drunk driver after he left a Pittsburgh restaurant has reached a $15.6 million settlement in the case.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Tuesday that the German-themed Hofbrauhaus has also agreed to try to reduce customer intoxication and drunk driving.

Nicole and Mark Cleland, of South Park, had claimed the restaurant was liable for their daughter Lexa’s death in December, 2010. The 7-year-old girl was killed instantly when her mother’s car was struck by a Ford Mustang driven by Travis Isiminger.

Isiminger pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle and was sentenced to six to 12 years in prison.

The lawsuit was filed against both Hofbrauhaus and Isiminger, whose insurance will be responsible for paying $100,000 of the settlement.

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  • May 17, 2013 at 2:13 pm
    Just Why says:
    I understand the concept of punitive damages as well as anyone but all it does is pass on higher costs to society as a whole. Liquor liability rates are through the roof every... read more
  • May 17, 2013 at 2:09 pm
    Hmmmmmmm says:
    Dram shop laws were around a long time before MADD. MADD just put the problem on the front page
  • May 17, 2013 at 1:34 pm
    San Antonio Rose says:
    I am sure that part of the reason for the high settlement or award was to ensure that servers at the restaurant go through training on how to cut off patrons and how to get th... read more
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