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Suspected Drunk Teen Hits Pedestrian In Bohemia

New York is like many states in that they have what is known as a dram shop law. The New York State Dram Shop Act could make a server or establishment liable in some drunken-driving accidents. While this law doesn’t typically apply to social hosts, it can apply to bars and restaurants. The law covers a server or establishment knowingly serving an underage person or continuing to serve a person whom they know is obviously intoxicated. Simply put, the law says that the server or establishment may be both criminally and civilly liable if that person were to become involved in an accident that caused serious injury or death to another person.

CBS Local New York reports that a pedestrian was injured in New York after being hit by a teenaged driver suspected of DWI.

17-year-old Christina Burns of Selden was in court on Monday facing two DWI charges.

The charges stem from a Sunday morning incident where Burns allegedly drove while intoxicated. According to police, Burns attended her cousin’s graduation party in Bohemia. While there, she consumed five spiked sparkling seltzers before spending the night.

At about 6:50 a.m., Burns left in her car to drive to her cashier’s job. She was still allegedly drunk and crashed into mailboxes on Ashford Drive. She then crashed into 80-year-old Che Yeung, a neighbor who was out for a morning stroll.

Yeung, who suffered from two broken legs and a head injury, is in critical condition at the hospital.

Police have also charged Burns’ 50-year-old uncle, Francis Rogalle with violating the Suffolk County Social Host Law for serving alcohol to minors. The law imposes liability on the host for injuries or damages caused by an intoxicated youth.

The fine for a first-time violation of the social host law is $500.

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