A lawsuit has been filed against a bar owner, Yassine Enterprises, by the family of a former University of Texas soccer player who was severely injured in a vehicle-pedestrian collision back in February. The family of Kylie Doniak alleged in its lawsuit that Yassine’s bar Fuel, and Vice, owned by another company, overserved alcohol to 22-year-old Nicholas Ray Colunga. According to police investigators, Colunga drove his car while intoxicated and hit Ms. Doniak, who was left with severe physical and brain injuries after the crash.
Fuel and other clubs owned by Yassine Enterprises have been closed since late March, when owner and President Mike Yassine was jailed — along with eight associates — on federal drug, money laundering and weapons charges. Ms. Doniak’s parents, Lori and Dave Doniak, filed the civil suit seeking damages from Yassine Enterprises. They accuse the two bars of serving alcohol to Colunga despite his obvious intoxication. He had been drinking, according to the lawsuit, from about 11:50 p.m. on February 2nd until about 2 a.m. He was served alcohol at both the Fuel and Vice bars during that time. Colunga was allowed to drive away in a car in an intoxicated condition.
It is further alleged that as Colunga approached an intersection in his car, he ran a red light and slammed into Doniak and two of her friends. Colunga fled the scene in his car and was chased down by a motorcyclist who restrained him until police officers arrived. Ms. Doniak “struggled for life” for three weeks in a hospital in a coma. After coming out of the coma, she underwent extensive physical therapy, but was left permanently disabled. She has little short-term memory, has trouble communicating and requires additional surgery. Suzanne Kaplan, a lawyer with Slack & Davis, a Dallas, Texas, firm represents the Doniak family in the case. This case is just another example of why drinking and driving a vehicle don’t mix. Those who serve alcohol to an intoxicated person must have responsibility for their actions and be held accountable.