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Tuesday, December 03, 2019 1:00 am

Club facing lawsuit in 2018 fatal crash

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

The parents of a Fort Wayne woman who was killed last year when she drove off the road are suing a club where she had been drinking before the crash.

Adre'Onna Milligan, 27, was found pinned in her car in a ditch in the 1100 block of Production Road on Dec. 19. The lawsuit filed in Allen Superior Court by her parents alleges workers at Cover Girls, 1525 Production Road, served her alcohol after knowing she was intoxicated and are liable for Milligan's death.

Natasha Threatt and William Amos are seeking damages for funeral and burial expenses as well as “for the loss of Milligan's love and companionship,” according to court documents.

The club has not responded to the lawsuit, which also lists as defendants CGFW LLC and SR Indiana Investments – the company that “leased, managed, controlled and operated the nightclub,” according to court documents. 

Milligan arrived at the club about 11:40 p.m. and stayed until about 3 a.m. Dec. 19. She left about 3:15 a.m. and crashed nearby, the lawsuit states.

Her blood alcohol content reportedly was 0.302%, almost four times the legal limit of 0.08%. 

“On December 18 and 19, the defendants ... knew that Milligan was intoxicated and yet continued to provide her with alcoholic beverages,” attorney Jennifer E. McKibben of Glaser & Ebb/s wrote in court documents. 

People who provide alcohol to someone who is intoxicated can be held liable for injury or death resulting from the intoxication, under Indiana law.

To be liable, the provider must know the person is drunk and that intoxication was the foreseeable cause of the injury or death.

“Any person with a (blood alcohol content) of .302 will exhibit signs of physical intoxication including the loss of hand-eye coordination, impaired balance, stumbling, staggering, drowsiness, mental confusion, disorientation, exaggerated emotional state, blurred vision and even loss of consciousness,” McKibben wrote.

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