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Mother of drunk driving victim suing Hooter's for $32 million
BEAUMONT- by Haley Bull
A family is suing a business it says contributed to a fatal accident that killed a young mother. The civil suit follows the criminal conviction of Derek McBride earlier this year.
In March, Judge John Stevens sentenced McBride to eight years in prison for intoxication manslaughter and eight years for intoxication assault in the death of Amber Roussel.
Roussel died in a crash July 30, 2012 on Interstate 10 in Beaumont. McBride crashed into a concrete barrier. The brush guard from his truck was run over by an 18-wheeler, sending it into the air and into the windshield of Roussel's vehicle killing her and injuring her husband.
Roussel's mother, Melba Braud, is suing Hooters. They say the restaurant continued serving drinks to McBride after he was obviously drunk. The family is asking for $32 million in damages and other compensation.
In court Wednesday, attorneys for Braud laid out empty beer mugs on a table in front of the jury to demonstrate how much alcohol McBride drank at Hooters just before the fatal accident.
Witnesses say McBride was racing another driver who'd been drinking with him.
Braud spoke with KFDM News Saturday at a MADD candlelight vigil where she talked about the crash.
"He killed my daughter, he drank at Hooters, left there and killed my daughter," Braud said.
Attorneys for Hooters said it has policies in place and that McBride made a poor choice in racing another vehicle.
The testimony is expected to continue at least through the end of the week.