The lawsuit accused the nursing home of allowing a drunk employee, Alisa Prueitt, to drive home. As per the court documents, Prueitt was asked to go home because she was ‘unfocused’. On her way home, she rammed her car into a vehicle driven by Sam Graham. Graham was killed in the accident while his wife and 2 children were injured.
The lawsuit claims that Prueitt’s blood alcohol level was 0.40 at the time while the threshold for considering a driver drunk is 0.08.
Following the accident, Prueit was sentenced to 28 years in prison for intoxication assault and intoxication manslaughter.
The jury awarded $16.7 million, including $5 million in punitive damages, to the family of Sam Graham.