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SC Based Buffalo Wild Wings Pays $2 Million After Fatal Hit and Run Accident

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in Criminal Defense, Law Group Tampa, Personal Injury |

SC Based Buffalo Wild Wings Pays $2 Million After Fatal Hit and Run Accident

The franchisee ACI Holdings Inc. agreed to pay two million in damages without admitting liability in the 2013 death of Forrest Carlton.  Carlton was severely autistic and had wandered away from a group home in West Ashley.

There was an estate set up for Carlton and it was set to receive majority of the funds after all attorney fees and court cost were deducted.

In 2013 a witness found Carlton on the side of Ashley River Road around 3 am.  He was lightly dressed in a t shirt and only undergarments.  He had wandered away for the South Carolina MENTOR group home on Church Creek Drive, and later died from his injuries at Medical University Hospital.  It was apparent he had been hit with a car and left for dead.

Two days later Daniel Shirley surrendered and turned himself into authorities.  He was charged by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Department for leaving the scene of an accident with personal injury and death.  He was later credited with time served and soon released according to other sources.

The lawsuit alleges that Shirley was at Buffalo Wild wings earlier that night watching a football game and was served alcohol.  He was only 18 at the time.  The complaint alleges that the bar served him alcohol and he became intoxicated and was allowed to drive off.  IT would be later that evening that he hit Carlton and killed him.

The family also recently settled a lawsuit they filed against the South Carolina MENTOR program.

“This is a sad case with a tragic ending for one young man.  Also a family lost a precious son all because of gross negligence of two establishments.  This young man was allowed to wander away unnoticed and then brutally hit and killed,” says Joe Sandefur of, managing partner at a top personal injury law firm in South Carolina.

This accident was the perfect storm of bad circumstance coupled with horrible timing and gross negligence. When a bar serves alcohol they must also assume the responsibility that comes with that.  This young man who had mental challenges was left unattended and then hit and killed by a drunk driver, who then fled the scene.

If you have been a victim of this type of negligence the first step is to call a personal injury attorney that you trust.  They will help you navigate the legal process and also guide you towards a solution that is right for you.  After your consultation your attorney will be able to give you many options to resolve your case. If you do end up filing a lawsuit, then they will file the paper work for you and walk you through every step of it.  Often times following the paperwork being filed comes the negotiation phase.  Majority of lawsuits are settled in this phase simply to avoid for both parties the expensive court cost and valuable time.  Your attorney can advise you on what is fair to your family.