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Tallmadge man, bar accused of selling him alcohol before deadly crash face wrongful death lawsuit

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The bar that sold alcohol to Charles Queer Jr. in the early morning hours of March 27 should have stopped serving him when he became noticeably intoxicated, according to allegations in a lawsuit filed this week.

Queer is accused of killing 17-year-old Patricia “Tricia” Powell in a car accident about 2:15 a.m. after leaving KC’s Nashville Nights on Akron’s West Wilbeth Road.

Queer, 63, of Tallmadge, has been charged in Summit County Common Pleas Court with two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, second-degree felonies, and three counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, first-degree misdemeanors.

Now Queer and Nashville Nights owner KCKC Real Estate Holdings face a wrongful death lawsuit from Powell’s family.

The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday, asks Summit County Common Pleas Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands to award the family more than $25,000 in damages. The family alleges both Queer and the bar were at fault that night, resulting in “catastrophic injuries, including great pain and suffering” for Powell and her family.

According to police, Queer was headed east on Interstate 76 when he struck Powell’s car, which was parked on the side of the road near Arlington Street. Powell was transported to Summa Akron City Hospital, where she later died.

Police said Queer was driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.204 percent — more than double Ohio’s legal limit of 0.08 percent.

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