Charlie Davies files $20M lawsuit

BY foxsports • October 19, 2011

D.C. United striker Charlie Davies argues in a $20 million lawsuit that a D.C. nightclub was negligent in serving alcohol to the driver in a 2009 crash that left him with severe injuries, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

The lawsuit was filed last week in D.C. Superior Court against Das Enterprises, the owner of Shadow Room nightclub, and Red Bull North America which hosted the private event attended by Davies.

Davies left the club early on Oct. 13, 2009, in a car with four people, including the heavily-intoxicated driver, Maria Alejandra Espinoza.

The one-car accident on a northern Virginia highway killed a female passenger and left Davies with serious injuries, including a ruptured bladder, bleeding on his brain, and fractures to his face, rib, leg, and elbow.

The suit contends the nightclub continued to serve alcohol to Espinoza despite her being visibly drunk.

The District's Alcoholic Beverage Control Act prohibits the "sale or delivery of alcoholic beverages to ... an intoxicated person or any person who appears to be intoxicated," the lawsuit stated.

Espinoza was sentenced to two years in prison in March after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter and maiming while driving intoxicated.

The lawsuit said Davies, a 23-year-old up-and-comer at the time of the crash, suffered permanent scars in the crash and will continue to incur significant medical expenses.

The 25-year-old resumed his career this year with D.C. United, but has not reclaimed his spot on the US national team. Before the crash, Davies was playing for French club Sochaux, which agreed to loan Davies to United for one year.

Davies has 11 goals this season, but is well below the level of play he displayed before the accident.

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