Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Carbone's Pizza after New Prague Crash

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Carbone's Pizza after New Prague Crash Photo: KSTP/File

January 09, 2018 08:07 AM

The widow of a man killed in a vehicle crash last August has filed a lawsuit against the vehicle's driver and the sports bar she alleges over-served him before the crash.

The wrongful death lawsuit was filed Monday against Carbone's Pizza & Sports Bar, its parent company, m2Food, Inc., and the driver, Jesse Dean Brown. It accuses the New Prague location of over-serving Brown alcohol before he later crashed the vehicle he was driving, killing the plaintiff's husband, Jarrett Luethe, in August. 

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The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court, names the plaintiff as Kelly Luethe, of Sparta, Wisconsin. She's named individually and as the parent of a minor child and an as-yet unborn child with Jarrett. She is seeking an amount reasonably exceeding $75,000 in damages.

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Brown was driving and is alleged to have caused the single-vehicle crash the night of August 24, 2017 that resulted in Jarrett's death. 

The suit alleges Brown was provided alcohol while he was already reportedly intoxicated at the Carbone's in New Prague. Brown then drove away from the establishment in his 2014 Ford sports utility vehicle with Jarrett riding in the passenger seat, according to the lawsuit. 

Then at approximately 11:24 p.m. that night, Brown caused a one-vehicle crash within 2.5 miles of the establishment. The vehicle was traveling south on 141st Avenue when it crossed the center line and left the roadway, the suit says. The vehicle went airborne before rolling multiple times.

Responding law enforcement found the vehicle on fire in a bean field about 200 feet from the road. Jarrett was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple traumatic injuries received in the crash.

A preliminary test indicated Brown's blood-alcohol level was 0.183, more than twice the legal limit to drive. Three hours after the crash, it was 0.134, according to the lawsuit. 

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