The parallels are freakishly familiar…
The settlement last week of a lawsuit by parents of a KU student who died after a night of binge drinking two years ago has striking similarities to Kansas Citian Brian Euston. Euston, 24, died last fall after a night on the town at Kelly’s.
Jason Wren, a 19 year-old KU freshman, was found dead at a frat house after a night of heavy drinking. Euston died after an altercation in Westport and a night of even heavier drinking. How heavy?
Wren’s fatal blood-alcohol level measured .362, more than four times the legal limit to drive in Kansas.
Euston took it to even further extremes with a BAC of .387
“From the reports I’ve seen, the kid in Lawrence was passed out at .362," says a local DUI lawyer who asked not to be named. "The Euston kid was walking, and presumably talking, with a .387. Some people just have a higher tolerance naturally (and) some people can build up a tolerance over time. But any way you slice it, as you approach .20 you generally start doing a lot of stuff you would never normally do, and probably have no idea you’re doing it. Then you pass out.”
The lawsuit filed by Wren’s family asked for $75,000 in damages but terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
One remaining unanswered question; was Euston over served?
“Show me a bartender who can’t tell that someone ordering a drink is at .3 or higher, and I’ll show you a liar,” the lawyer says. “Bartenders are supposed to cut off people who are ‘visibly intoxicated.’ Though, c’mon we all know that rarely happens. But ‘visibly intoxicated’ is different than .362 or whatever that kid was. Visibly intoxicated is probably around .14 or something for most people. That’s probably about a six-pack in two, two and a half hours for (most people) to get to .14."