Suspected Drunk Driver Arrested After 2 Injured in Crash
A couple suffered serious injuries in a collision with a suspected drunk driver in Brighton on Saturday, February 16.
Jacob A. Zizzo is charged with striking the couple’s vehicle near the intersection of Wisconsin Highway 75 and County Highway JB in Brighton. The victims, Robert and Cynthia Ryan, were seriously injured in the crash.
Robert suffered several cuts to his head and a C2 fracture. He got approximately 30 stitches for these injuries. Cynthia was knocked unconscious in the crash and suffered a fractured pelvis, fractured wrist, and required 15 stitches for her elbow and right eye.
Zizzo allegedly told the responding officer that he had been “drinking a lot” and that he was on his way home from Tin Cup Tavern. His BAC measured at .225 – nearly three times the legal limit of .08.
Zizzo is facing a total of eight counts of DWI and related offenses.
Legal Options for Victims of Drunk Driving Crashes in Wisconsin
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney helps those injured by drunk drivers recover the full financial compensation they deserve for the damages they’ve suffered. Here are a few of his thoughts on the legal options available to victims of drunk driving accidents in Wisconsin:
Like in all other states, people who are injured by drunk drivers in Wisconsin have the option to file a personal injury lawsuit against the drunk drunker. Wisconsin is also one of several states with dram shop laws, which allow the victims of alcohol-related accidents to, under certain conditions, file lawsuits against third parties who provided alcohol to the intoxicated person.
However, Wisconsin’s dram shop laws are more limited than some other states. In order for an alcohol vendor or social host to be held liable for alcohol-related accidents and injuries, one of the following two situations must apply:
- The alcohol was served by force or deception (such as lying about the alcohol content), or
- the alcohol was provided to a minor and was a “substantial factor” in the injuries.
Even in cases where dram shop laws don’t apply, Wisconsin DWI crash victims may have the right to recover financial compensation through personal injury lawsuits. If you or a loved one has recently been hit by a drunk driver in Wisconsin, you can learn more about your legal options by discussing your case with an experienced drunk driving crash victims attorney.
The Intersection of WI-75 and County Highway JB in Brighton, WI