Family of pedestrian struck by alleged drunk driver files lawsuit

Family of pedestrian struck by alleged drunk driver files lawsuit (Image 1)

The family of one of the young men who died after he was struck by an alleged drunk driver on Demonbreun Street last December has filed a wrongful death suit against the driver, his passenger and the company that hosted the holiday party the pair attended earlier in the night.

Trevor Bradshaw was behind the wheel of the SUV that hit Michael Brooksher and Tommy Allen as they crossed Demonbreun Street in the early morning hours of December 10.

He is charged with vehicular homicide.

Bradshaw's girlfriend and front seat passenger Erin Brown is also charged because police said she gave Bradshaw the keys to her SUV even though she knew he was drunk.

“She knew he'd been drinking,” Metro police Det. Jessie Loy testified in February. “She gave him the keys anyway. She provided Mr. Bradshaw with a means to operate the vehicle.”

The complaint, filed by Allen's mother, Lela Ann McKee, alleges Bradshaw and Brown got drunk at a party hosted by Nashville printing company Jive Printing.

The suit says free alcohol was served at the “Naughty and Nice” event.

“They had one vehicle to give rides to people that may have had too many to drink at a party where there were hundreds of people attending,” McKee's attorney, Matt Hardin told Nashville's News 2. 

Metro Government is also named in the lawsuit, which seeks a total of $15 million in damages.

“His mother wants justice in this case for her son which is the only avenue she has left,” said Hardin.

The 23-year-old Allen passed away from injuries sustained in the crash in early February. 

Brooksher, 22, died December 12.

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