OKLAHOMA CITY - It was supposed to be a weekend of celebration.
Sharon Eddy and her mother drove from New Mexico to Oklahoma City to attend a wedding. They checked into the SpringHill Suites Marriott in Bricktown, and Eddy decided to have a drink at the bar.
The 61-year-old didn't stop at one, and the bartender allegedly never cut her off. Eventually, employees put her in a wheeled office chair to take her back up to her hotel bed, where her mother was already sleeping and unaware Sharon was drunk.
It wasn't until hours later, Sharon was found unresponsive. Her blood alcohol was almost four times over the legal limit.
“Oklahoma is designed to protect the innocent public, not the person actually ordering alcohol for themselves,” said Attorney Noble McIntyre.
McIntyre is not representing either party but said cases like it are hard to fight in court.
“The cause of action that they're trying to proceed under is dram shop cause of action, where a duty of a tavern or a bar clearly have duties to not over-serve someone who is knowingly intoxicated,” he said.
McIntyre went on to say the Dram Shop Act protects someone in the public from, for example, a drunk driver. Protecting someone from himself or herself is a harder case to make to a jury “because you're allowing person to benefit from their own wrongful acts.”
The mother’s attorney, Daniel G. Webber Jr., said, in a statement “We are letting the court filing speak for itself and have nothing further to add at this time.”
A Marriott International spokesperson said “We do not comment on pending litigation.”
The family is asking for jury trial and award of $75,000.