A Cincinnati family is accusing four downtown Nashville bars of over-serving a patron who caused a car collision on Interstate 65 last year.
Jordan Sowards, 24, allegedly drank at the Buck Wild Saloon, Wildhorse Saloon and the now-defunct Graham Central Station before driving the wrong way on I-65 North just across the Davidson County line in Williamson County.
According to a Tennessee Highway Patrol report, Sowards struck a car with three passengers head-on in the early morning hours of Aug. 7, 2011. Vanessa Hudson, Veronica Rose and a minor were all injured in the vehicle struck by Sowards. He was charged with three counts of vehicular assault, one count of reckless endangerment, and one count of driving the wrong way on a divided highway.
According to the lawsuit, Sowards blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit more than 90 minutes after the wreck. The THP report acknowledged the presence of alcohol in the crash.
The lawsuit doesn’t address specific injuries suffered by the Ohioans, but called them “significant” and permanent. All of the passengers, including Sowards, were transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
The suit claims that the bars acted negligently and recklessly by continuing to serve Sowards after he was “obviously and visibly” intoxicated.
The lawsuit requests at least $3 million in compensatory damages and punitive damages to be determined at trial.
A phone number listed for Chase’s Sports Bar and Grill was disconnected — as was a number for Grand Central Station’s. A message left for Buck Wild Saloon was immediately not returned.
A spokesman for Gaylord Entertainment, which operates the Wild Horse Saloon, also didn’t return a call as of Wednesday afternoon.