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April 19, 2004
Mother of Drunk Driver Sues Everyone In Sight

I have decided that I have no more sympathy left for people who take personal tragedies in their lives and attempt to cash in on them in every single way they can. Today's case in point is the Nevada mother of a 19-year-old drunk driver who got himself killed by wrapping his car around a light pole at 90 MPH. Jodie Pisco retaliate by filing lawsuits against everyone except the light pole:

Jodie Pisco, of Reno, contends Coors has failed in its duty to protect the country's youth from drinking. Her son, Ryan, was killed in 2002 after he drank Coors at a party and drove his girlfriend's car into a light pole at 90 mph, the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Washoe County District Court, seeks unspecified damages. It accused Coors of "glorifying a culture of youth, sex and glamour while hiding the dangers of alcohol abuse and addiction."

Not only is Pisco suing Coors, she's also suing the girlfriend whose car her son used to drive drunk. She's also suing the girlfriend's mother, for buying her daughter the car. Yes, I'm sure that her mother should have forseen that in buying a car for her daughter, some uncouth drunken lout would take off and run it into something a bit too solid for survival.

While you're filing lawsuits, Mrs. Pisco, why not sue his third-grade teacher for not telling him about the affects of alcohol on judgment and motor control? Why not sue the city for putting a light pole where your son could drive into it? In fact, why not just sue all car manufacturers for building vehicles that can go faster than 20 MPH?

Normally, I would have a lot of sympathy for the mother of a dead 19-year-old, which is the same age as my son, but my sympathy stops when the lawsuits are filed, especially when it's an obvious attempt to get at someone's "deep pockets". Ryan Pisco caused his own death by drinking too much and deciding to get behing the wheel. A man of his age should know better than to do that, and quite frankly, it's fortunate that he only got himself killed that night. It wasn't up to Coors to teach your son responsibility, Mrs. Pisco, and certainly not up to his girlfriend or her mother. That was your job. Sue yourself.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at April 19, 2004 5:56 AM

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