Local businesses respond to negligence suit

COFFEE COUNTY, Ala.--Beef O' Brady's in Enterprise and The Front Porch in Troy have answered the lawsuit filed against them in the Circuit Court of Coffee County.

They are both denying any responsibility.

19-year-old, Elba resident Elizabeth "Farris" English was killed in an automobile accident in February of 2016 on Highway 167 North.

The car she was driving collided head on with another car driven by a Troy student, who also died in the wreck.

In September, her father filed a complaint in Coffee County that alleges that Enterprise Beef O' Brady's and The Front Porch in Troy are responsible for her death according to two statutes:

The civil damages act, that provides a cause of action of a person who is injured by the sale of alcohol to a minor, and the dram stamp act, which forbids the sale of alcohol by any vendor to a person who is already visibly intoxicated.

English was at both businesses before the wreck.

In their formal response to the lawsuit, both businesses state that their is an assumption of risk and deny the allegations.

They also demand proof from the plaintiff.

The next scheduled court date for the case will be March 1, 2018 in Judge Jeff Kelley's courtroom.


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