Parents of teen killed in drunk driving crash sue concert promoter Live Nation

Family sues Live Nation after teen died in crash
Published: Dec. 8, 2022 at 2:04 PM EST
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FARMINGTON, CT (WFSB) - There is a memorial fund for Luke Roux, a 17-year-old from Farmington whose family has been crushed by his death.

Luke loved sports, especially hockey and baseball. When he graduated in June, he was excited about attending UConn in the fall.

But 11 days after graduating, he was killed by a driver who police say was drunk.

Police charged 21-year-old Jacob Coffey with driving under the influence, speeding and reckless driving.

The crash happened in June as Luke was coming home from playing baseball.

As a result, his parents are suing Coffey and concert promoter Live Nation.

The lawsuit claims Coffey had become incapacitated while tailgating before the concert.

“Live Nation promoted “Beers on Me” concert at Hartford Xfinity. Live Nation permitted patrons to loiter and consume alcoholic beverages in the parking lots. Jacob Coffey was denied entry to the concert due to his level of intoxication and then Coffey drove through an intersection while facing a steady red traffic control signal. He was under the influence of alcohol and speeding, going 80 miles an hour,” said the lawsuit.

“It’s the family’s profound hope that they can help put an end to this kind of senseless behavior on the part of the driver and the concert venue,” said he attorney for Luke’s parents. “Live Nation concerts here and elsewhere are too often associated with excessive drinking with often catastrophic results as we see here. The family’s goal is to avoid another similar tragedy by holding these people accountable.”

Live Nation provided a statement to Channel 3:

We also spoke with the attorney for Jacob Coffey who said this was a tragedy but he could not comment.

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