On Monday, the widow of a man killed in a crash in New Prague in August filed a Wrongful Death suit against the driver of the vehicle her husband was a passenger in, and Carbone's Pizza & Sports Bar, its parent company, m2Food. The suit says that the driver of the sports utility vehicle Jesse Brown, was over-served drinks at Carbone's in New Prague when he was already intoxicated. Brown and her husband Jarrett Luethe then left the sport's bar and at about 11:24 p.m. that night, Brown caused a one-vehicle crash within 2.5 miles of the establishment. The vehicle was traveling south on 141st Avenue when it crossed the center line and left the roadway, the suit says. The vehicle went airborne before rolling multiple times.

Authorities responding to the scene, found the vehicle on fire in a bean field about 200 feet from the road. Jarrett was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple traumatic injuries received in the crash.

A preliminary test indicated Brown's blood-alcohol level was 0.183, more than twice the legal limit to drive. Three hours after the crash, it was 0.134, according to the lawsuit.

Kelly Luethe is the parent of a minor child and an as-yet unborn child with Jarrett. She is seeking an amount reasonably exceeding $75,000 in damages.

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