Woman who caused $15 million in drunk driving damage is suing company that served her

  • A 26-year-old had an explosive accident leaving a Marilyn Manson concert in Canada in 2019.
  • She was sentenced to three years in prison and is suing a liquor company for her part in her conduct.
  • The documents allege that the company would have to share liability in civil lawsuits against it.

A 26-year-old woman left a Marilyn Manson concert lost and devastated the residents of a Canadian street after an explosive car accident.

Daniella Leis, who pleaded guilty in October 2020 to four counts of drunk driving causing bodily harm, caused an estimated $10 to 15 million in damages. She was sentenced to three years in prison in February 2021 and is now suing the venue for kicking her out of the venue despite her drunkenness, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

The incident, dubbed the “car bomb” fiasco by the CBC, occurred on August 14, 2019 at 450 Woodman Ave in London, Ontario, Canada – a seven-minute drive from the show at the Budweiser Gardens arena. Leis crashed her Ford Fusion, which was registered under her father’s name, into a single house. But moments later, a ruptured gas line caused by the crash sparked an explosion that ripped four homes apart and injured seven people nearby, according to the CBC.

She also faced legal backlash from at least six civil suits in which victims urged her to pay the damages, according to The Independent. This prompted Leis and her father, Shawn, to file a lawsuit against Ovations Ontario Food Services, which they say should also share some of the liability.

According to the CBC, Leis and her father Ovations accuse Ontario Food Services of disregarding her “intended mode of transportation as she existed at Budweiser Gardens when they knew or should have known she was intoxicated or pleading drunkenness and/or debilitated .”

The pair also accuse the company and/or servers of serving Leis “while they knew or should have known that she was or would get drunk,” the CBC reported. The lawsuit added that workers “evicted Leis from the venue when they failed to take steps to ensure she wouldn’t drive home,” according to the New York Post.

Insider was unable to obtain a copy of the legal documents. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice and Oak View Group, owner of Ovations Ontario Food Services, did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment. Lewis was not immediately available for comment.

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