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Family sues bars over deadly crash

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The family of a man killed in a hit-and-run crash is suing the drunken driver who hit him and five bars and restaurants where he was served.

According to the lawsuit filed on behalf of the estate of Gerard Nieto, Jason Frank Marion went on a more than a seven-hour drinking binge at the five businesses before the crash early May 4, 2012. The truck he was driving hit Nieto, throwing him from his bicycle along a highway.

Marion is serving a 6-year sentence on a reckless homicide charge after pleading guilty in January.

An owner of one of the restaurants told The Post and Courier of Charleston that he doesn’t remember seeing Marion.


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