South Carolina Family of Man Killed in Collision Files Lawsuit

July 1, 2013

The family of a man killed in a hit-and-run collision is suing the drunk driver who struck him and the bars and restaurants where he was served.

The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C., reports the wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of the estate of Gerard Nieto targets the driver and five businesses and seeks unspecified damages.

According to the lawsuit, Jason Frank Marion went on a drinking binge at the five bars before driving early on May 4, 2012. The truck he was driving hit Nieto, throwing him from his bicycle along a highway.

Marion is serving a 6-year sentence on a reckless homicide charge after pleading guilty in January to causing Nieto’s death.

An owner of one of the restaurants says he doesn’t remember seeing Marion.

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