Settlement reached in fatal drunk driving crash

Posted on Apr 14, 2010

A settlement was reached in the wrongful death lawsuit brought against a Missouri police officer and the bar that served her alcohol the evening she was involved in a fatal car wreck. Officer Christine L. Miller of Sunset Hills, Missouri and O'Leary's Restaurant & Bar have agreed to pay a total of $2.255 million to the families of those who died in the crash involving Miller. 


The suit was brought forward by the survivor and the family members of the the 4 victims and claims that Miller, who was off duty at the time, drank "a high quantity" of alcohol at O'Leary's and then drove her car into oncoming traffic. Police have said that Miller's blood alcohol content was 0.169 percent three hours after the crash. The threshold for drunk driving is 0.08 percent. The restaurant was also sued because they family claims they knew she was drunk but did not stop her from driving or call her a cab.


The crash occurred at 1:45 a.m. on March 21 when Miller drove her Mitsubishi east in a westbound lane, colliding with a Honda carrying four passengers, all who were in their twenties and were killed in the crash. The driver suffered a head injury, fractured rib, liver trauma, lung contusion and contusions to the skull.


Miller is awaiting trial on manslaughter charges.