An Athens resident is suing J Bar after she was hit by a vehicle operated by a man who had allegedly been at the establishment earlier in the night.

Julie Evanosky has filed a civil case in Athens County Common Pleas Court alleging that J Bar, located at 41 N. Court St., overserved Samuel Conner, who later the night of Feb. 19, 2018, hit Evanosky with his Hummer HS while she was bicycling on Columbus Road.

Evanosky’s suit alleges that Conner was “visibly intoxicated.”

According to the court documents, Evanosky is alleging that Conner was in J Bar between 5:53 and 7:33 p.m. on Feb. 19, 2018. “Conners car did not move during the period of time between 5:53 and 7:33 p.m.,” the suit states. “Upon information and belief, Conner consumed alcohol during that period of time.

At about 8:18 p.m., Evanosky was riding her bike on Columbus Road when she alleges she was struck from behind in a hit-and-run crash with a white Hummer H3. According to the suit, Evanosky was thrown into a roadside ditch and “left for dead with serious life-threatening injuries,” that resulted in her eventually being life-flighted to a Columbus hospital.

The suit alleges that J Bar checked Conner’s ID at 7:34 p.m. on Feb. 19, 2018. It then alleges that he had several drinks at the bar, consuming at least three between 7:35 and 8:09 p.m.

Evanosky is suing J Bar under Ohio’s “Dram Shop Act,” which relates to Ohio Revised Code section 4399.18. This section holds liquor permit holders or employees off such permit holders responsible for personal injury caused to third parties when intoxicated patrons leave said establishments and cause damage as a result of their intoxication.

Evanosky’s suit has not listed an amount of damages she hopes to attain through this suit, and instead those will be determined at trial. No trial date has yet been set.

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