Bar Sued By Drunk Driving Victim's Family

By: Jermont Terry Email
By: Jermont Terry Email

The parents of a Lexington man say they want to send a clear message to everyone they say played a role in the death of a man who was hit and killed by a drunk driver.

The wrongful death lawsuit claims the owners of Patchen Pub disregarded the law when they allowed Timothy Geneve to get drunk inside the bar and jump in his car.

Charles Johnson's parents filed the lawsuit on behalf of their son. Last August a car hit and killed Johnson while he was standing in the front yard of his sister's home. Police arrested Timothy Geneve for driving drunk. Police first charged Geneve with murder but he later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and is serving 10 years in prison.

"They feel the young man who killed their son was not punished correctly. They feel there needs to be a message to bar owner and drunk drivers," says the Johnson's attorney, Thomas Miller.

"Bar owners who serve individuals who are or near intoxicated have a responsibly to the public," says Miller.

The suit points blame at Patchen Pub. It says the owners "served, sold and made available intoxicating beverages" to Geneve which he consumed. It goes on to say Patchen Pub was
"careless, negligent, and reckless because they knew or should have known that Geneve was already intoxicated at the time of each serving."

The wrongful death suit also names Timothy Geneve and his father Robert. Timothy Geneve was driving his father's car when crashed killing Johnson. The suit says Robert Gevene loaned his car to his son knowing he was incompetent to operate it.

The owners of the Patchen Pub say they can't comment because they haven't been served the lawsuit yet.

The Johnson's attorney, Thomas Miller say, " They feel the young man who killed their son was not punished correctly. They feel there needs to be a message to bar owner and drunk drivers."

"Bar owners who serve individuals who are or near intoxicated have a responsibly to the public," says Miller.

This suit points blame at Patchen Pub. It says, " the owners served, sold and made available intoxicating beverages" to Geneve which he consumed. It goes on to say Patchen Pub was "careless, negligent, and reckless because they knew or should have known that Geneve was already intoxicated at the time of each serving."

The wrongful death suit also names Timothy Geneve and his father, Robert. Timothy Geneve was driving his father's car when he crashed, killing Johnson. The suit says Robert Gevene loaned his car to his son knowing he was incompetent to operate it.

The owners of the Patchen Pub say they can't comment because they haven't been served the lawsuit yet.


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  • by Derb Location: Somerset on Aug 21, 2007 at 03:47 AM
    Good for you!!!! I hope the bar and the father, if he knew his son was intoxicated, gets the worse punishement coming to them. I'm truly sorry for your loss.
  • by gail Location: winchester on Aug 20, 2007 at 12:44 PM
    I don't think they should be going after the bar owner they should be going after the auto insurance of the guilty party. Get a grip sometimes you can't tell that someone is as drunk as they are just by watching them or looking at them. So maybe this guy could really hold his alcohol but once he got behind that wheel BAM! it hit him hard... To the family I am sorry for your loss but do you think trying to get rich off the bar owner is going to bring your son back... People that start do what your doing is just so wrong... Grieve and pray...! That is the only thing that will make you feel better and help you heal...
  • by Connie Location: Frankfort on Aug 19, 2007 at 03:47 AM
    Perhaps the police should sit outside every bar and catch the partons before they leave to see if they are fit to get behind the wheel! Bars are responsible under the law, if they knowingly serve someone to the point of being drunk, then allowing them to get behind the wheel of a vehicle. The bars are all about the money, not about the people! Yes, people should be responisble, but let's face it, America is full of irresponisble people, who want to do whatever they want without regard to anyone else. I personally think it's wrong to let drunk drivers off so easy, no plea agreement should have been made, period! However, judges and lawmakers need to step up and make tougher DUI laws. Because drunks will continue to kill people until they do! I hope this family wins their case against the bar and the father because it will send a message to others. You drive drunk you pay, your family pays, and the establishments pays! I have no mercy for drunks..they killed my 5 yr neice and her father.
  • by Tonya Location: Winchester on Aug 18, 2007 at 11:07 PM
    I think they should charge ppl with attempted murder instead of DUI's and ppl might think twice before getting behind the wheel of a car after drinking... putting inocent ppls lives at risk. The ppl they hit are usually the ones that die and they walk away with a scratch if that.. tougher sentences and punishments for DUI offenders would maybe take some of them off the roads or at least make them think twice before driving drunk but usually a slap on the hand and a fine is all they get.
  • by Sandy Location: KENTUCKY on Aug 18, 2007 at 08:33 PM
    I feel that the person drinking should have enought hair on his or her butt to be responsible enough to know better than to drive after having a few drinks. I also think that as an owner of a bar when a person has had more than enough and would call a taxi or have drivers for the drunk. COPS WILL ALSO take a drunk home so these kind of things won't happen... The person behind the wheel and NOONE else is to blame. Not the (edited) father but him hisself. I drink and when I do I do not drive.
  • by whitebass Location: richmond on Aug 18, 2007 at 03:01 PM
    I'm over weight. I think the cause is because, I eat to many deep fried pork rinds. I think I will sue the farmer raising the hogs where the pig skins come from. If the farmer didn't raise such fat and tasty pigs, I wouldn't be addict to those bits of deep fried hog fat, and could live my dream of being a speedo model.
  • by Anony. Location: ky on Aug 18, 2007 at 09:00 AM
    I feel sorry for the poor family that had to endure such heartache, but let's get real here. The only one they should sue is the man who did the crime. He's the one who drank, the bar owner didn't tie him down and force it down his throat! If they sue someone else, then it takes part of the blame off of him, he needs to be the one to pay! I think that anyone who is caught drinking and driving should have to have their feet cut off. I can GUARANTEE you that they will NEVER drive intoxicated again!(It's real hard to drive a car with no foot to push the pedal!)
  • by Jack Location: Pike County on Aug 18, 2007 at 05:31 AM
    To Raymond, and how would this lawsuit be any different than all the others.If you can sue the tobacco industry because of lung cancer, the drug companies because of addicts, why not the bar, bartender, etc. for this.
  • by Scott Location: Lexvegas on Aug 17, 2007 at 07:54 PM
    Seriously!? Im 23. if i were to go to a bar/club and get drunk, then go on to drive home. THATS MY FAULT! Yes it is tragic that this happened, but its not the bar's fault!
  • by richard on Aug 17, 2007 at 05:23 PM
    This family can play the blame game but reality is that there loved one is not going to come back. The justice was wrong in this matter and a plea deal should not have been on the tabel. The parents are lashing out at the bar, They dont twist anybodys arm to come thru that door that is the freedom we have to choose. If anybody should be getting sued it should be the justice system for letting this sort of thing happen. If you do the crime then u should do the time. They should make the prisioners work instead of county clubing it, that goes for all just because u have money you should not be treated different.
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