A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the family of Christine Weeks, who was killed in a head-on collision June 14 on Rt. 58 just north of Webster Road.
Filed Aug. 16 in the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas, the suit accuses the Mosey Inn, 201 North Main St., Wellington, of over-serving Raymond McKissick, the driver who police said veered left of center and struck Weeks’ vehicle.
McKissick, 25, of Lorain, is also named in the suit along with Jessica Nelson of Elyria, who allegedly lent her vehicle to McKissick.
Under Ohio law, liquor-serving establishments can be held responsible for damages caused by an over-served customer if the customer was “noticeably intoxicated,” even after they leave the premises.
State troopers said McKissick, driving Nelson’s 2004 Jeep Liberty, drifted into the southbound lane and collided with Weeks’ 2013 Dodge Journey around 9:30 p.m.
Weeks, 49, of Wellington, was pronounced dead at the scene. It took Wellington firefighters 30 minutes to extract McKissick from under the Jeep’s steering column.
McKissick’s passenger, Tristen Truelson, 21, of Columbia Station, was treated for minor injuries at Oberlin’s Mercy Allen Hospital after being ejected from the Jeep.
Wellington fire chief Mike Wetherbee said both cars were totally destroyed by the force of the crash and that being ejected likely saved Truelson from more serious injuries.
No impaired driving charges have been filed against McKissick, according to court records.
Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.
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