February 25, 2010 in City

Bars cited for over-serving driver

The Spokesman-Review
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Two downtown bars were cited by the state Liquor Control Board for over-serving a man who, while allegedly intoxicated, caused a fatal accident on Interstate 90 in December.

Sterling N. Kruger, 22, of Davenport, Wash., died after the car he was driving entered the Highway 195 on-ramp to eastbound I-90 going the wrong way, and collided with another car, killing its driver and passenger, James R. Bolton and Trina L. Erickson.

The liquor board found that Kruger had visited three downtown bars that night, two of which were cited for allowing an intoxicated person to consume or possess alcohol.

The Lion’s Lair, 205 W. Riverside Ave., faces a five-day license suspension or a $500 fine. Facing its third violation in two years, the BLVD House of Music, 230 W. Riverside Ave., faces a 30-day suspension.

Editor’s note: At the time of the accident, The Blvd. was located at 230 W. Riverside Ave. The story has been changed to reflect that.

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