Lawsuit of the week: Student hit by car on Granville bridge claims Yale Saloon overserved him alcohol before crash

An engineering student is suing the Yale Saloon and the Insurance Corp. of British Columbia (ICBC), claiming he was served alcohol “well beyond the point ...
An engineering student is suing the Yale Saloon and the Insurance Corp. of British Columbia (ICBC), claiming he was served alcohol “well beyond the point of intoxication” at the bar before he was hit by a car while trying to cross the Granville Street Bridge.

James Patrick Kerr filed a notice of civil claim in BC Supreme Court on September 6, naming Yale owner M.R.G. Ventures Ltd., ICBC and two John Does as defendants. Kerr claims he arrived at the Yale on August 5, 2017, where he paid a $10 cover charge to get in, but admits that he was “already obviously intoxicated” at the time.

“The defendant, Yale Saloon, did not stop the plaintiff from entering its premises,” the claim states. “The plaintiff was served alcoholic beverages by employees and/or agents of the defendant, Yale Saloon, well beyond the point of intoxication.”

In the morning hours of August 6, Kerr claims he was heavily intoxicated when he started walking south along the east side of the Granville bridge.

“At some point that was mid-span on the bridge, the plaintiff attempted to walk from east to west across the bridge and, after climbing over the centre median, he was struck by an unidentified vehicle owned by the defendant, Doe Owner, being driven by the defendant, Doe Driver, that fled the scene,” the claim states. “The plaintiff says that the staff of the defendant, Yale Saloon, were negligent in overserving alcoholic beverages to the plaintiff before the collision.”

Kerr suffered a traumatic brain injury, a fractured skull, a fractured sternum and a host of other injuries, the lawsuit says.

Kerr seeks damages for pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, income loss and permanent physical disability. The allegations have not been tested or proven in court and the defendants had not responded to the claim by press time.

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