Owner: Husk not responsible for man involved in fatal accident

Adam Burnell, left, is charged with felony DUI in the death of Quentin Miller, right. (Source: Flickr, Charleston County Detention Center, Facebook)
Adam Burnell, left, is charged with felony DUI in the death of Quentin Miller, right. (Source: Flickr, Charleston County Detention Center, Facebook)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The owner of a local restaurant says his establishment was not responsible for an assistant manager who is charged in a fatal accident.

Charleston police charged Adam Burnell, a former Husk employee, with felony DUI for his alleged role in the mid-December incident that killed 32-year-old Quentin Miller.

The owner of Husk is asking that a lawsuit against the restaurant and the Neighborhood Dining Group be dismissed from court.

Last month, Miller's family filed a suit saying that on Dec. 17, the restaurant allowed Burnell, who was an assistant manager at the time, to drink after the restaurant closed then drive away.

According to police, Burnell's car then rear ended Miller on the Ravenel Bridge. Miller's car then hit the wall and burst into flames, killing Miller who was badly burned in the wreck.

The restaurant's response says it was only responsible for Burnell when he was working.

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.

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