Casino sued over drunk driving accident

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The father of a man who died in a drunk-driving crash is suing the Rivers Casino for allowing his son to drink too much.

Settimio Cresta filed the complaint in Common Pleas Court on Tuesday. His son, Gianluca Cresta, 41, was killed Sept. 30, 2012. The complaint alleges that Gianluca Cresta arrived at the Rivers about 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 29, 2012, and remained there until 1 a.m., and that he continued to be served several vodka drinks despite being “visibly intoxicated.”

Gianluca Cresta and his friend left the casino and went to the Beached Bar in Sharpsburg, where they remained about 10 to 15 minutes and left.

While driving on Route 8, Mr. Cresta lost control of the car, which struck a curb and flipped over.

He died about 2:35 a.m.

The complaint includes claims of wrongful death and accuses Rivers, operated by Holdings Acquisition Company, of violating the state Dram Shop Act by providing alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person.

Rivers Casino declined to comment on pending litigation. A casino spokeswoman also declined to elaborate on whether or not policies are in place for staff when a customer is visibly intoxicated.


First Published July 31, 2014 12:00 AM

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