For Immediate Release - February 21, 2012

Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission Charges Medway Bar

Charge Against Hang Tai Comes in Wake of Fatal Car Crash

The Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) has charged the Hang Tai restaurant in Medway with delivering alcoholic beverages to underage and intoxicated individuals, an action that resulted in a fatal car accident on the evening of October 11, 2010, claiming the life of a 20-year-old male and injuring a 19-year-old female.

After being notified of the crash by the Medway police Department, the ABCC opened a Target Responsibility for Alcohol Connected Emergencies (TRACE) investigation to determine the source of the alcohol that caused the crash.  TRACE is an ABCC program that provides for in-depth investigations of serious incidents including car crashes, overdoses, and assaults that result from alcohol consumption by minors.

The charges allege that three of the parties involved in the events leading up to the motor vehicle crash, all under the legal drinking age, were drinking alcoholic beverages at the Hang Tai on the night of October 11, 2010 between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

In addition to the charges of sale to underage persons, the Hang Tai is being charged with the sale or delivery of alcoholic beverages to two intoxicated persons.  Reports indicate that each individual had approximately 7 to 10 drinks on the night in question and that both were intoxicated when served their last drinks of the night.

“The unfortunate tragedy that led to the current charges reminds us how underage drinking can lead to the loss of life and other serious, life-changing consequences. It also serves as a reminder to our licensees of the importance of implementing practices and policies that promote safe and responsible alcohol consumption at their businesses. This includes taking steps to prevent underage drinking and excessive alcohol consumption for patrons of all ages,” said ABCC Chairman Kim Gainsboro.

In 2006, approximately 17,600 people died in traffic accidents involving alcohol, accounting for more than 40 percent of all traffic deaths.  In addition, approximately 5,000 people under the age of 21 die from injuries related to alcohol each year.