The family of a Canadian woman killed in a hit-and-run crash in downtown Spokane wants two bars that reportedly served the suspected driver alcohol that night held responsible for her death.
Elaine Price-Cornell, 63, died after she was hit by a car while crossing Browne Street at Spokane Falls Boulevard in November.
The accused driver, Cameron B. Olsness, is charged with vehicular homicide.
A complaint filed in Spokane County Superior Court this week seeks unspecified damages from Olsness and two downtown bars where police say the 24-year-old drank at least five mixed drinks and seven shots of tequila within an hour before hitting Price-Cornell with his Suburban and trying to drive away.
Olsness spent most of Nov. 20, the night of the crash, at Talotti’s 211, 211 N. Division, according to a police report. The bar is named as a defendant along with Irv’s Bar, 415 W. Sprague Ave., where Olsness reportedly had a drink or two before returning to Talotti’s.
Employees at each bar should have known Olsness was too drunk to be served, according to the complaint.
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