$1,500,000 settlement against host of teen drinking party

An Illinois teen has settled a personal injury against an equestrian center under the Illinois Drug or Alcohol Impaired Minor Responsibility Act. Just 29 days after the went into effect, the Kelly’s on 41 Equestrian Center hosted a Halloween barn party that featured several kegs of free beer. Teens were present at this party and were able to drink the beer. The teen plaintiff was injured when she left the party in the car of a friend, who was underage and had two beers at the party hosted by Kelly’s Equestrian Center. The driver, who was later ticketed for DUI, caused an automobile accident when she collided into a tractor trailer as the teens left the party. As a result, the teen’s injuries include permanent damage to her left hand and leg.

The Illinois Drug or Alcohol Impaired Minor Responsibility Act was enacted by the Illinois legislature in response to a string of recent tragedies where teens were seriously injured after consuming alcohol at parties hosted by parents. The Illinois legislature’s effort deter parents from hosting teen drinking parties is similar to that seen in other states around the country.

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