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Restaurants Sued in S.C. Crash

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The family of a man who was killed in a boat crash last September has sued two South Carolina restaurants, saying they had overserved alcohol to the person who caused the accident.

Tracy Gordon, 53, was charged with three counts of felony BUI after the Baja he was helming hit a pontoon boat on Lake Murray, according to WIS News, a local NBC affiliate.

Allegations outlined in the suits against the Rusty Anchor and the Liberty Taproom say those businesses served Gordon too much alcohol, “including beer and several rounds of liquor shots,” WIS reported.

Stanley Kiser, 68, died at the scene. His wife, Shawn Kiser, and daughter, Morgan Kiser, were also injured. Shawn Kiser’s leg was amputated as a result of her injuries, according to FITSNews. She credited her husband with saving her life by pushing her out of the way of Gordon’s oncoming boat.

An incident report on file with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources showed Gordon failed a field sobriety test at the crash scene, the newspaper reported. After being transferred to Richland county’s detention center, he refused to submit to a breath test. A search warrant was later obtained for a blood sample from Gordon, after which he was formally charged.

“He left me alone in the boat to choose between my parents who to save. … He didn’t come back and check on us,” Morgan Kiser told the judge who issued the bond, according to the paper. “He made the decision to drink and drive and go on the lake. He chose to go too fast. It was so fast, we didn’t have a chance.”

South Carolina also has initiated criminal proceedings against Gordon.

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