A Brenham father says Rick’s Cabaret in Houston is to blame for a DWI accident that killed his 18-year-old daughter.
“You know that from the time you're a little kid. Eventually your grandparents aren't going to be here, your mothers not going to be here....but your kids are supposed to be,” said Ross Jones, the victim’s father.
Jones says he'll never forget the day his daughter died, and he's not sure if he'll ever forgive the people responsible. That's why he is suing Erasmo Ramirez, the drunk driver who killed Emily, as well as the Houston strip club where Ramirez was drinking earlier that night.
Ramirez pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter. He is currently serving a 15 year jail sentence.
In a lawsuit filed Monday, attorneys representing the family stated that Rick's Cabaret management rewards servers who sell the most drinks. Attorneys also claim to have 5 hours of surveillance video showing bartenders serving Ramirez, even though he was clearly intoxicated.
“Waitresses, the dancers, the bartenders were all encouraged to over-serve,” said attorney Gene Egdorf. “Ricks had no problem serving him 15 or more drinks until he ran out of money. Then they put him in his own car, knowing he was intoxicated.”
The lawsuit claims that blood alcohol tests showed that Ramirez was nearly four times over the legal limit the night of the accident. Investigators say Ramirez was driving 130 miles per hour when he crashed into Emily's car. Emily’s injuries were so severe that she died at the hospital just a few hours later.
“What we're trying to do is make them be responsible. You can't let people just get up out of a bar that they can't walk, 4 times over the limit and drive down the freeway,” said Jones.
Management at Rick's Cabaret has not returned numerous phones to comment on the lawsuit.
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