Over-Serving Leads to Hit-and-Run Accident

The family of Kylie Doniak, a University of Texas soccer player, has filed a lawsuit against Yassine Enterprises for over-serving a hit-and-run suspect in Austin, Texas. The lawsuit alleges that Yassine's bars Fuel and Vice, over-served 22-year-old Nicholas Ray Colunga.

According to the lawsuit, Colunga arrived at Fuel at about 11:30 p.m. on February 2, 2012, after already having consumed several drinks. Despite Colunga being clearly intoxicated, Fuel repeatedly served him drinks. Following Colunga's visit to Fuel, he walked to Vice at about 12:15 a.m. While at Vice, Colunga consumed four or five additional alcoholic beverages before returning to Fuel. When Colunga arrived back at Fuel, he continued to consume alcohol until he vomited into a trash can. Nevertheless, Fuel bartenders continued to serve Colunga alcohol until he left, just before 2:00 a.m.

Colunga then proceeded to his vehicle. While approaching the intersection of San Jacinto and Eighth Street, Colunga ignored a red light and slammed into Kylie Doniak and her two friends. Colunga fled the scene in his vehicle until a motorcyclist chased him down and restrained him.

The hit-and-run left Doniak with severe injuries. After awaking from a coma, Doniak underwent extensive physical therapy but will be left permanently debilitated. Further, Doniak has little short-term memory, trouble communicating, and will require additional surgery.

This incident was not Colunga's or Yassine Enterprises' first encounter with the law. Colunga is already awaiting trial on two felony counts of failure to stop and render aid and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. And Yassine's bars have been closed since March due to the federal drug, money laundering, and weapons charges against them.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident by a drunk driver, contact the attorneys at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend by calling 713-222-7211 or 1-800-870-9584.

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