36-Year-Old Mother Dustie Hart Killed In Suspected Drunk Driving Accident
A mother from the metro Oklahoma City area was killed after being hit by an alleged drunk driver while she was riding as the passenger on a motorcycle with her husband. According to the police, the incident began with a confrontation between the motorcycle driver Kelis Hart and the alleged drunk driver, 38-year-old Brianne Rischer. Rischer allegedly clipped the motorcycle, causing the couple to swerve. She never stopped, and Hart rode in front of her to confront her about the hit-and-run. Rischer eventually stopped, but then accelerated away from the scene and struck both the bike and Dustie Hart. Hart died on the way to a metro hospital.
Police found an open bottle of vodka, a can of beer, and a pipe with marijuana residue in Rischer’s vehicle. She has been charged with several offenses, including DUI and manslaughter.
Who Can Be Held Liable For Drunk Driving Accidents In Oklahoma?
Oklahoma is one of many states to have dram shop laws, which prohibit selling alcohol to anyone who appears to be visibly intoxicated. If a business serves a visibly intoxicated person, that person drives drunk and causes an accident, and someone gets injured, then the injury victim may have grounds for a lawsuit against the business that sold the alcohol. Victims will often have the opportunity to sue both the driver and the establishment that continued to serve the driver after they’d become visibly intoxicated.
Filing a civil claim after being hit by a drunk driver can help provide financial support for victims and their families, including payments for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of financial support in fatal drunk driving accidents.