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