Couple injured by waitress gets $1.3M jury award

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A jury has awarded $1.3 million to a Connecticut couple seriously injured in a 2009 car crash they say was caused by a waitress who had been drinking during and after her shift at a local bar.

The Day of New London reports that Kathleen and Frederick Stern of Niantic had sued the owners of the Lyme Tavern Cafe.

Their lawyer said that a jury ruled Monday that the bar and its owner/operators were 40 percent responsible for the crash and the former waitress, who now lives out of state, was 60 percent responsible.

The bar’s lawyer could not be reached for comment.

Police say the waitress rear-ended the Sterns’ car on Interstate 95 on Nov. 29, 2009 after consuming several alcoholic beverages during and after her eight-hour shift.

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Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com

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