Ruling revives lawsuit against stadium beer vendor

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana appeals court is allowing the family of a girl fatally struck by a drunken driver to go ahead with its lawsuit against the beer vendor at Indianapolis Colts games.

The court ruled that Lucas Oil Stadium vendor Centerplate can’t avoid the lawsuit by arguing that the beer was sold by an undetermined volunteer server.

The 3-0 ruling issued Wednesday reverses a Marion County judge’s decision to dismiss the lawsuit.

The family of 12-year-old Tierra Rae Pierson sued Centerplate, claiming it negligently served alcohol to the driver who hit her along a street on the south side of Indianapolis after a 2010 Colts game.

Centerplate’s attorney tells The Indianapolis Star the company is considering an appeal to the Indiana Supreme Court. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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