Family of Man Killed in 2008 Car Crash Sues Texas Country Club

In a lawsuit, the family of a man who died in a drunk driving accident claims a country club is at fault for serving him alcohol even when he was obviously intoxicated.The family of Texas man who was killed in a 2008 car crash was awarded $1 million in a lawsuit against a country club they claim was responsible for the incident for selling too much alcohol to the individual that caused the accident, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Lance Shetler was fatally injured in a head-on crash with a vehicle driven by Mark Charles Pierce, whose blood alcohol level was nearly double the legal limit even three hours after the accident occurred. Pierce is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence for his role in the incident, the newspaper reports.

Pierce reportedly bought at least 12 cans of beer at the Southern Oaks Country Club at 12:30 p.m. and then purchased an additional six cans after playing a round of golf. After another game, he allegedly went back to the clubhouse where a bartender served him more alcohol.

The lawsuit claims the country club is liable for Shetler's death because its employees continued to serve Pierce alcoholic beverages after he was obviously intoxicated. In addition, the suit says witnesses claim Pierce was already impaired when he initially arrived at the club that day.

"I hope this is a lesson to the community that serves alcohol to pay attention to proper policies and procedures, to not over serve alcohol and to preserve the safety of the general public," said a lawyer representing Shetler's family.

Almost 30 people in the U.S. die each day in motor vehicle crashes involving a drunk driver, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The cost of alcohol-related crashes surpass more than $51 billion each year.