Drunken drivers don't always act alone

Posted By John Coletti || 17-Aug-2011

A wrongful death lawsuit names not only the drunken driver who killed the victim, Tessa Elizabeth Conradi, but two bars and a used-car dealership as well. The $7.1 million civil suit was filed by our own John Coletti on behalf of the victim’s husband, Walter Marrella.

The suit holds responsible drunken driver Jesse Lee Ream as well as Darren’s Auto Sales, the used-car dealership that loaned Ream the SUV that collided with the victim’s car and killed her. The dealership is owned by Ream’s sister and brother-in-law. The suit also blames two bars that served Ream the night of the accident: Rovon Inn and Fremont Ridge Inn. The bars were negligent for continuing to serve Ream, who was visibly drunk, and for letting him drive.

Ream, who had a history of drunken and reckless driving, already pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and will be sentenced September 1. For more information on this story, see this article.