Yukon crash victim’s parents sue bars, driver for wrongful death
Parents of a Hempfield woman killed in a car crash in Yukon this year filed a wrongful death lawsuit against two local bars claiming they served too much alcohol to the male driver of the car.
The lawsuit, filed this week, contends staff at Johnny’s Wife’s Place in Jeannette and the Creekside Saloon in Yukon were negligent when they served a visibly intoxicated man on March 3 and the early morning hours of March 4 before he was allowed to drive off with two female passengers.
Police said Trey Cue, 23, of East Huntingdon was drunk when his car crashed into a parked vehicle on Highway Street and careened up an embankment. Sarah McDonald, 25, a backseat passenger, died from injuries sustained in the crash.
In the 13-count lawsuit, Daniel and Lisa McDonald Jr. contend staff at both bars should have seen that Cue was too drunk to drive and should not be served alcohol. The court filing also accused staff at the Creekside Saloon of allowing Cue to consume drugs in the tavern.
Requests for comment from both Johnny’s Wife’s Place and the Creekside Tavern went unanswered Thursday.
Cue, who is named as a defendant in the lawsuit, is in Westmoreland County Prison following his arrest on charges of homicide by vehicle while drunk driving and other counts in connection with McDonald’s death.
“The acts of defendant Trey Cue at the time of the collision were extreme and outrageous. These acts were willful and wanton and exhibited such a reckless disregard for the rights and safety of others that the imposition of punitive damages is warranted,” according to the lawsuit.
Cue, according to court records, is accused of speeding just prior to the crash. Police said he drove up to 74 mph on the section of the one-way road that carried a speed limit of 25 mph.
Police say he ran from the scene. Tests reveal Cue had a blood-alcohol level of 0.17 percent and cocaine in his system after the crash.
He is scheduled to appear June 5 before District Judge Charles Moore for a preliminary hearing on the criminal charges.
Cue pleaded guilty to drug possession charges March 27 and was sentenced by Common Pleas Judge Rita Hathaway to one year on probation. He was serving a year of probation imposed in March 2018 because he pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license.
Rich Cholodofsky is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Rich at 724-830-6293, [email protected] or via Twitter .