Al.com reported that a 64 year old Tuscaloosa businessman has been charged with vehicular homicide, assault, DUI and leaving the scene of an accident after he allegedly struck and killed a 7 year old child, and injured her 2 year old sister and 28 year old mother. Danny Ray Smith was reportedly hosting a party at his business located near the Tuscaloosa airport for the airshow. Police reports indicate that the mother and her children were walking on the shoulder of the road when they were struck by Mr. Smith. Mr. Smith is presumed innocent unless and until he is proven guilty.
Practice pointer. There are many opportunities year round for businesses to host parties: football season, golf tournaments, golf outings, automobile races, etc. Anytime alcohol is served at these events, it can lead to disastrous and tragic results. I do not want to minimize the loss of life and injuries suffered by this family, but it is important to understand that not only are the lives of the victims lost or ruined, but the business will suffer consequences as well. Bad publicity, arrests and civil lawsuits are sure to follow incidents such as the one that happened in Tuscaloosa this weekend. There is always a risk when serving alcohol at corporate events, and if alcohol is served, it must be done carefully and under proper supervision.