In the lawsuit, Cindy King, widow of Thomas Jungerberg, is seeking $1 million in damages, holding the Dallas club partially liable for over-serving alcohol to Erin Barrington, who allegedly initiated a five-vehicle pileup that killed Jungerberg. The suit alleges the club continued to serve Barrington drinks even though she was intoxicated.
The wife of a moped driver killed in a five-vehicle pileup last fall is suing The Golf Club of Dallas for over-serving the 23-year-old former Bishop Lynch golfer charged with intoxication manslaughter in the crash, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Cindy King’s suit, filed this week, cites the wrongful death of her husband, Thomas Jungerberg. She is seeking $1 million in damages, the Morning News reported.
Philip Bleakney, the director of golf at The Golf Club of Dallas, declined to comment to the Morning News. The club’s attorney, Ty Sheaks, denied King’s allegations.
Jungerberg, 32, was headed home from work around 6:30 p.m. on October 8, when Erin Barrington, who had just left The Golf Club of Dallas, struck his moped from behind. Jungerberg’s moped crashed into the back of another vehicle, and he was thrown onto the road. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Three other cars were involved in the wreck, the Morning News reported.
A witness told police he saw Barrington try to start her car after the crash. When police arrived, Barrington told them she had only had one drink, a Jack and Coke, around 3 or 4 p.m. But her arrest affidavit said she had to hold onto a police officer to keep her balance. Barrington was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter, the Morning News reported.
King’s suit says Barrington was obviously drunk at the time of the crash. The suit alleges The Golf Club of Dallas continued to serve her drinks even though she was intoxicated “to the extent that it was apparent she presented a clear danger to herself and to others.”
Under Texas Dram Shop laws, drinking establishments can be held liable for injuries resulting from the overconsumption of alcohol. According to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code, if a bar continues to serve someone who is “obviously intoxicated,” the bar can be held partially liable, the Morning News reported.
Barrington posted $50,000 bail the morning after the crash, the Morning News reported.