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Three Eureka Springs Bars Sued Over Drunk-Driving Accident

By: Elizabeth Monte/Lovely Citizen.com
Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013


A drunk driving accident back in 2009, which killed an innocent man has left his mom suing not only the driver of the vehicle in which her son was killed, but three Eureka Springs taverns for alleged negligence.

According to a police report, Tonya Sherman, 21, of Eureka Springs was driving a vehicle in which Leonard Beck, 28, of Eureka Springs was a passenger.   Sherman was taken to Eureka Springs Hospital, and Beck was pronounced dead at the scene. The affidavit of probable cause for her arrest on Dec. 22 showed Sherman's blood alcohol level at 0.20 percent -- more than twice the legal limit.

A blood sample taken from Beck at the funeral home showed his level to be 0.23 percent, nearly three times the limit.  Sherman had been previously convicted of driving while intoxicated, in 2007. She was arrested and charged with negligent homicide, in January 2010 and later convicted.

Joyce Beck, the mother of the deceased, filed suit in 2012, against Sherman and against two Eureka Springs establishments that allegedly served alcohol to her: the Pied Piper Lounge and the Tiki Torch Club, as well as individually against Fatima Treuer, owner of the Pied Piper Pub and the adjoining Cathouse Lounge. Beck filed an amended complaint last week.  Court document answers from the various defendants to Beck's complaint deny the allegations.

The  trial is set for July 15

justsayin - 01/15/2013 6:06:52 AM
No disrespect intended for the victim... But was the 28 year old man not competent enough to decide whose vehicle he got in? While making it no less of a tragedy for his loved ones, its the girls fault for driving drunk and wrecking, and his for making the choice to get inn with her. Thus is the type of lack of accountability we are promoting in this nation...is not doing us any favors.
E - 01/15/2013 9:04:08 AM
That is ridiculous. The accident was not the Bar owners or bartenders fault. People need to take responsibility for their own actions.
sorryforyourloss - 01/15/2013 12:29:56 PM
But I have to agree with Justsayin, Mr. Beck was a grown man and had the choice to stay or get in the car and he made the choice to get in the car. There is a law that says that a bar is not supposed to serve a person that is drunk. However since it is a law then the law needs to hand out the punishment that has been set forth for that crime. Sueing is not going to bring your son back and is not going to change anything. It will just cause everyone elses insurance to go up including yours.
I AGREE - 01/16/2013 9:24:53 PM
I agree with the mother, Joyce Beck. Bars can very much be held liable for those who are killed in drinking and driving related incidents. Read up on the laws! Ms. Sherman is just as much at fault. The 3 individuals that have commented on this, obviously have not or do not know anyone that has been killed in a drinking and driving related accident. My husband, my daughters father, was killed in a drinking and driving accident. My daughters and I will be forever effected. Ms. Beck I am sorry for your loss.
innocent ??? - 02/05/2013 1:05:28 PM
innocent man---- not really you need to your research correctly, it was his truck and he was over the legal limit.
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