Jury Awards $5M to Woman Who Lost Arm in Drunk Driving Accident

November 10, 2008

The 99 Restaurant chain has been ordered to pay $5 million to a Quincy, Massachusetts woman who lost in her arm in a drunk driving accident.

The Essex Superior Court jury on Thursday found that the chain’s North Andover facility served the equivalent of 11 12-ounce beers to an off-duty employee who later drove the car in which Laurie Clifford was a passenger.

Clifford’s right arm was nearly severed in the May 2003 crash and was eventually amputated.

The order includes $3.2 million in damages and $1.8 million in interest.

The driver, David Kvinlaug of Haverhill, served 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to drunken driving.

There was no immediate comment from the restaurant, but officials previously said Clifford got into Kvinlaug’s car knowing he was intoxicated.

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