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A lawsuit filed in Houston could mean trouble for Minute Maid Park's concession company.
/ Source: Click2Houston.com

A lawsuit filed in Houston could mean trouble for Minute Maid Park's concession company, KPRC Local 2 reported Monday.

The family of a man who was killed by a drunk driver is suing Aramark and three of the company's bartenders at Minute Maid Park.

Last week, Ray Wilson, 72, a former Aramark employee, was convicted of intoxication manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years for the fatal wreck.

Prosecutors said Wilson was served six to eight free beers at Minute Maid Park before he hit and killed Texas Department of Transportation worker David Hall, 42, on Aug. 30, 2008.

Hall's widow filed a civil lawsuit.

The lawsuit claims that that the three bartenders, along with their employer, contributed to her husband's death.

"A lot of heartache. A lot of grief. Just missing David. Knowing that he's not coming home every day after work. Just long, long nights without him," said Margaret Hall, David Hall's wife.

Wilson was a supervisor for Aramark.

"Those people at TxDOT do everything possible to make our roads safe and easy for us to drive and a lot of people just take it for granted. He was out there on a Friday night cleaning up after another collision happened above. He was just doing his job. And since Aramark was not doing their job that night, by having the bartenders provide free drinks to Ray Wilson, he, David Hall was killed," said Matias Adrogue, Margaret Hall's attorney.

Margaret Hall said she hopes the lawsuit sends a message beyond the bar and the ballpark.

"Drinking and driving don't mix," she said.

The lawsuit does not specify a dollar amount and would leave that up to a jury.

Aramark did not return calls for comment.

Wilson was fined $10,000 in the criminal case.