SAVANNAH, Georgia – Attorneys representing the father of Steven Fagan Jr., who tragically lost his life in a motorcycle accident in early June 2023, have filed a civil lawsuit against Abe’s on Lincoln, a local bar. The lawsuit alleges that the establishment sold alcoholic beverages to a driver who was visibly intoxicated, knowing that the individual would soon be operating a vehicle. The father seeks to hold the bar accountable for its role in the incident, which resulted in the death of his son.
According to the wrongful death lawsuit, employees at Abe’s on Lincoln allegedly served Colleen Mond alcoholic drinks between 4 p.m. and 8:10 p.m. on June 1, 2023. Shortly after leaving the bar at approximately 8:17 p.m., Mond was involved in a fatal collision with Fagan Jr. on East President Street, near the intersection with the Harry Truman Parkway. The lawsuit claims that Abe’s on Lincoln violated Georgia’s Dram Shop Act, which holds establishments responsible for providing alcohol to drunk drivers if that contributes to an accident or injury.
In response to the lawsuit, Carey Ferrara, the director of marketing and communications for the Gaslight Group, the owner of Abe’s on Lincoln, stated that any legal action taken against the bar would be handled by their insurance company or legal representatives.
The complaint, filed on January 2 in the Chatham County Superior Court, details allegations that Mond’s blood-alcohol concentration was over 2.25 times the legal limit, at 0.18 grams. Even three hours after the accident, Mond’s blood-alcohol concentration remained above the legal limit of 0.08%. The attorney representing Fagan Jr.’s father, Carl Varnadoe of Varnadoe Law, argues that these findings indicate clear negligence on the part of Abe’s on Lincoln.
Colleen Mond has also faced legal consequences for her involvement in the accident. On August 23, she was indicted by a Chatham County grand jury on charges of first-degree vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, and failure to yield the right-of-way. Chatham County Superior Court Judge Benjamin Karpf subsequently denied bond, considering Mond a significant threat to people and the community.
While the criminal lawsuit is scheduled for an arraignment on February 21, no hearings pertaining to the civil lawsuit have been set yet.
It remains to be seen how this legal battle will unfold and whether Abe’s on Lincoln will be held accountable for the tragic loss of Steven Fagan Jr.’s life. The lawsuit, filed by Fagan Jr.’s father, seeks to establish the bar’s liability under Georgia’s Dram Shop Act.