Alleged Drunk Driver Arrested After Fatally Striking Cyclist
Police in Hardin County arrested a man in the early hours of Thursday, September 20 for allegedly hitting and killing a cyclist while driving drunk. The accident happened shortly before 4 a.m. on Thursday near the intersection of US 31W (aka North Dixie Boulevard) and Bullion Boulevard.
According to state troopers, a preliminary investigation revealed that 24-year-old Charles Montgomery was riding his bicycle in the southbound emergency lane when he was struck by a car also traveling southbound. The driver of that car, 58-year-old Brian Casey, allegedly kept driving for roughly one mile before stopping.
Montgomery was pronounced dead at the scene. Casey was brought to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
When Casey was released, he was arrested and charged with DUI, second-degree manslaughter, and leaving the scene of an accident/failure to render aid with death or serious injury.
Legal Recourse For Families of Drunk Driver Victims in Kentucky
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney represents the victims of alcohol-related accidents in civil court. We’ve asked him to share some information on the legal options available to drunk driving victims and their families:
The victims of drunk drivers and the families of those who have been killed by drunk drivers often decide to file personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits against the driver. Additionally, Kentucky and many other states have “dram shop” laws which allow third parties, such as bars and restaurants, to be held liable for serving alcohol to the individual who caused the drunk driving accident.
Dram shop laws vary by state. According to Kentucky’s dram shop law, alcohol vendors can be held liable for alcohol-related accidents and injuries if the vendor provided alcohol to someone who was already intoxicated at the time of serving, and that person then goes on to cause an alcohol-related accident with injuries or deaths.
If you or a family member was injured or killed in an accident with a drunk driver, you can learn more about your legal options by speaking with an experienced DUI victims lawyer.