Niantic couple injured by waitress gets $1.3M jury award
NEW LONDON — A jury has awarded $1.3 million to a Connecticut couple seriously injured in a 2009 car crash they say was caused by a waitress who had been drinking during and after her shift at a local bar.
The Day of New London reports that Kathleen and Frederick Stern of Niantic had sued the owners of the Lyme Tavern Cafe.
Their lawyer said that a jury ruled Monday that the bar and its owner/operators were 40 percent responsible for the crash and the former waitress, who now lives out-of-state, was 60 percent responsible.
The bar’s lawyer could not be reached for comment.
Police say the waitress rear-ended the Sterns’ car on Interstate 95 on Nov. 29, 2009 after consuming several alcoholic beverages during and after her eight-hour shift.