Drunk driver who killed two teens sues Applebee's and his drinking pal3/9/2013
James Ruiz is two years into a 40-year sentence for vehicular homicide, but believes he's a victim, too. Ruiz, out on bond after a fifth DWI arrest in 2010, rammed the truck of his drinking buddy, Gilbert Mendoza, into a car after a night of partying in Santa Fe, N.M. Sisters Del Lynn and Deshauna Peshlakai were killed in the accident. Ruiz marked the third anniversary of that tragic fatality by suing Mendoza, Applebee's and another restaurant for "emotional distress," claiming the establishments overserved him and that Mendoza insisted he drive even knowing his DWI history and his drunken state. He's also seeking a new trial based on a claim of ineffective counsel. [Source]
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