PELHAM, ALa. (WIAT) — The parents of a teen killed by a vehicle in front of the Pelham Hooters has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the restaurant, claiming a series of liquor law violations led to the teenager’s death.
18-year-old Ryan Rohr was fatally struck by a vehicle on May 25 of 2016 in front of the establishment when he was trying to cross the street to return to his hotel. The law firm says he was struck just moments after he left Hooters.
The Georgia teen was in town for work on a construction project. According to the lawsuit, Ryan and another minor were served alcohol at Hooters, and were never asked to show ID by servers. The lawsuit alleges servers continued to bring Rohr alcohol, even after he became visibly intoxicated.
Attorney Douglas Dellaccio represents Rohr’s parents, who filed the suit which seeks unspecified punitive damages. Dellaccio says the medical examiner’s report revealed Rohr’s blood alcohol content was .24 at the time of his death; any BAC above 0 is considered illegal for a minor.
“This case highlights what happens when a company breaks the law and sells alcohol to a minor. In this case, when Hooters broke the law, a young man died,” Dellaccio said. ““Teenagers are especially vulnerable. Hooters knows that. Alabama law clearly holds establishments accountable for upholding the laws governing the sale and service of alcoholic beverages. Hooters broke the law by serving Ryan alcohol and by continuing to serve him alcohol even after he passed the point of obvious intoxication. Ryan died as a result and we are holding them accountable for his death. Those who sell and serve alcohol bear full responsibility for their actions.”
The suit seeks damages from Hooters of Pelham, LLC and hooters of America, LLC. A server is also named in the suit.
Calls and emails to Hooters were not returned.