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Cowboys Dancehall sued for over-serving drunk driver

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A drunk driver was nearly four times the legal limit and driving the wrong way when he caused a head-on crash that killed him and the young woman he hit.

Now the woman's family is going after the Cowboys Dancehall in Arlington where he'd been drinking.

"I just don't understand how a man that intoxicated could walk out of a place like that," said Jennifer Rosenberg whose daughter Alex Ford died in the crash.

Rosenberg spoke with FOX4's Brandon Todd in November when she and rest of the Alex Ford's family wanted accountability for the 20-year-old's death.

By filing a civil lawsuit against Cowboys Dancehall, the family hopes to find that accountability.

The suit claims Cowboys served John Layton too much alcohol the night of June 21st of last year. After he left the dancehall he drove his car the wrong way down Highway 287 in Grand Prairie, slamming head on into Alex Ford. The impact killed both of them.

Layton was a country singer and spent a lot of time at the club.

The TABC said his blood alcohol level was nearly four times the legal limit. It did investigate Cowboys. It has not filed any criminal charges against the club or penalized them in any way.

The lawsuit claims negligence on the part of Cowboys. It reads, "Mr. Layton was over-served by Cowboys Dancehall. The club had no policies or procedures discouraging such practice." The suit also alleges that "Cowboys Dancehall permits its employees to over-serve patrons and that dangerous police lead directly to the death of Alex Ford."

The suit also claims Cowboys tried to control the testimony of potential witnesses right after the crash. Although a public relations consultant conducted the club's internal investigation, key employees were never questioned.

In the lawsuit, many of the claims are sourced to third party reports. Now that the lawsuit is filed, the attorney now has the power to go and get sworn depositions from anyone involved.

FOX4's attempts to reach Cowboys were unsuccessful.

The lawsuit asks for a jury trial. It does not specify a damage amount that the family is asking.

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