FARMINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) – The parents of a Farmington teen that was killed in an alleged DUI crash over the summer are now suing the driver and Live Nation.
The lawsuit filed in court on December 5 states that Live Nation was negligent and careless by ‘promoting excessive drinking’ at a concert that the driver, 21-year-old Jacob Coffey, attended before the fatal crash.
On June 25, 17-year-old Luke Roux, a recent Farmington High School graduate, was killed in a crash on Route 6 in Farmington near Fienemann Road. In August, Coffey was arrested in connection to the crash and charged with first-degree manslaughter, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, reckless driving, red light violations and speeding greater than 60 MPH.
According to the lawsuit, on June 25, Live Nation hosted the Dierks Bentley “Beers On Me” concert at the Xfinity Theatre, which Coffey allegedly attended. The lawsuit alleges that “at the same time and place, Jacob Coffey consumed an excessive amount of alcohol to the point of intoxication while on the defendant’s property.”
Coffey was denied entry to the concert due to his level of intoxication, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit, which was filed by Roux’s parents on his behalf, states that Coffey’s blood alcohol level was drawn after the crash and indicated it was a .191.
Live Nation is alleged to encourage, promote, and/or permit the consumption of alcohol on the premises but failed to implement adequate security and/or safety measures to prevent excessive alcohol consumption and drunk driving, according to the lawsuit.
Coffey and Contemporary Services Corporation out of California were also named in the lawsuit.
The family of Roux is demanding in excess of $15,000.
Live Nation has released a statement in response to the lawsuit saying, “Our hearts go out to the Roux family for their loss. We feel it’s important to clarify to the community that on June 25 Jacob Coffey was denied entry to the venue due to intoxication. On this date there were no official tailgating events at the venue prior to the show. We have robust security procedures in place including having Hartford Police presence in our parking lots. We want our fans to enjoy live entertainment and we also encourage all fans to enjoy shows responsibly and to treat each other with courtesy and respect.”