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.
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