CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A lawsuit has been filed against Neighborhood Dining Group Inc. and Husk Restaurant on behalf of the family of a man killed in a wreck on the Ravenel Bridge. Charleston police have charged a Husk employee with felony DUI for his alleged role in the mid-December incident.
Carl Pierce, an attorney with Pierce, Herns, Sloan & Wilson LLC, confirmed Wednesday the lawsuit had been filed.
The lawsuit alleges that 32-year-old Adam Joseph Burnell, an assistant manager at Husk, drank heavily at the restaurant following his shift on Dec. 17 and then crashed his car into the vehicle driven by 32-year-old Quentin Miller at 4 a.m.
According to a SLED toxicology report, Burnell's blood alcohol content was recorded at .24, three times the legal limit.
The wrongful death lawsuit was filed on behalf of Terry Miller, Quentin's father. It alleges Husk was negligent in allegedly allowing Burnell to drink long after closing time and then get behind the wheel of a car.
Pierce issued this statement:
"Mr. Burnell consumed 3 times the legal limit of alcohol on the premises of Husk with other Husk employees and was allowed to leave the restaurant highly-intoxicated shortly before 4 a.m. in an attempt to drive home to Mt. Pleasant. No one offered to drive him or attempted to take his keys. At the scene of the collision Mr. Burnell was visibly intoxicated."
Burnell didn't suffer any serious injuries in the crash and was subsequently charged with felony DUI by the Charleston Police Department. He posted bond the next day and was released from the Charleston County Detention Center.
Neighborhood Dining Group Inc. President David Howard also issued a statement on Wednesday:
"On February 29th, Husk Restaurant was served a lawsuit in regards to the death of Quentin Miller. While we are deeply saddened by this tragedy, unfortunately we are unable to respond to further questioning at this time due to legal complexities. Our hearts go out to the Miller Family."