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Civil suits filed in deadly DUI case

By KTVA Alaska 4:56 PM June 5, 2014

Driver accused of deadly crash now faces civil suits

ANCHORAGE –

An Anchorage man facing charges for murder, manslaughter and DUI after allegedly killing two area teens last summer is now named in two civil lawsuits.

Jordyn Durr and Brooke McPheters were walking home after buying school clothes on August 9, 2013, when police say Stacey Graham hit and killed them.

They were 15 years old.

Police say Graham had a blood alcohol level more than three times the legal limit at the time of the crash.

While Graham awaits trial for the criminal charges, Jordyn and Brooke’s families are suing him, his former employer and an unknown third party.

The lawsuit states that before the deadly crash at 88th Avenue and Abbott Road, Graham attended a golf tournament hosted by then-employer Puget Sound Pipe and Supply Company.

Each suit claims the Seattle-based company arranged for alcohol to be served at the tournament and assisted in serving liquor to Graham after he became clearly intoxicated.

Attorneys for the girls’ families  say that makes Puget Sound vicariously liable for Graham’s actions.

The lawsuits also name ‘Company X’ as a defendant. That leaves the suit open to include a third party where Graham is believed to have continued his drinking after he left the golf tournament. That location has not been named.

Both parties are seeking a minimum of $100,000 in damages.

 

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