Car Crash Attorney Gets $225K Settlement for Two Crash Victims from Tavern that Allegedly Served Alcohol to a Connecticut State Trooper in 2019 DUI Case

January 27th, 2020

Philadelphia car crash lawyer

By Dean I. Weitzman, Esq.


Two women who were badly injured in 2019 when their car was struck by an unmarked Connecticut State Police car have reached a $225,000 settlement with a tavern that allegedly served alcohol to the off-duty trooper before the crash.

The victims, Lisa Conroy, 52, and her daughter, Madison Conroy, 19, were traveling on Route 188 at Airport Road in Southbury, Conn., on Sept. 25 about 7:30 p.m. when an unmarked trooper’s car smashed into their Nissan Altima after allegedly running a stop sign, according to a Jan. 15, 2020, story by The Associated Press.

The trooper, Sgt. John McDonald, had allegedly been drinking and consumed at least eight alcoholic drinks at the Black Hog Brewing Co. tavern in Oxford, Conn., during a retirement party for a police colleague, the story reported. The Conroys also sued McDonald and the state police in connection with the crash, but that case is still pending. McDonald’s state police car was traveling at more than 70 mph at the time of the crash, the story continued. The trooper, who is on paid leave, was charged with drunken driving and assault with a motor vehicle after the incident.

The Conroys had sued the bar under the state’s dram shop law, which makes a business liable if it serves alcohol to an intoxicated person who then goes on to injure someone. The law includes a liability limit of $250,000 per occurrence, according to a Jan. 14 story by The Hartford Courant.

The settlement was paid to the victims by the tavern’s insurance company. Surveillance video from the tavern appears to have captured the trooper’s activities inside the establishment, the story reported. Dash cam video from the trooper’s car was also preserved. Both the police car and the Conroy’s Nissan were destroyed in the crash.

Lisa Conroy suffered extensive bruising and an eye injury in the crash, while Madison Conroy suffered fractures to her arm and wrist, according to an Oct. 31 story by The Hartford Courant.

Legal cases like this one occur around the nation every day and are examples of similar kinds of car crash cases that MyPhillyLawyer attorneys regularly work on tirelessly for our own clients. Often, we are not able to discuss the cases we are actively working on due to confidentiality requirements, so we discuss other relevant cases in the news such as this one to illustrate the legal situations people find themselves in every day.

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