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Social Host Liability

From the Lynn Item March 20, 2014:

Lynn man to pay $2M after pleading guilty under social host liability law

A Lynn man will pay $2.2 million to the parents of a 19-year-old killed in a drunken driving accident after a 2010 party at the city man’s home.

Craig Snow, 23, held the birthday party on March 21, 2010, attended by Julia Gauthier, 19, of Salem, and her boyfriend, Christopher Maxson, 22, of Marblehead.

Maxson ran several stop signs then overturned his mother’s SUV on a Lynn side street while driving Gauthier home that evening.  Gauthier was ejected and killed.  Maxson pleaded guilty to motor vehicle homicide while driving drunk and recklessly and received a three-to-four-year prison term in 2010.

Snow pleaded guilty under the social host liability law but was given a suspended sentence and probation.

Gauthier’s father filed civil suits against Maxson and Snow.  Maxson settled the suit under undisclosed terms, according to The Salem New.  A judge Wednesday ordered Snow to pay $1 million to each of Gauthier’s parents plus $251,180 in interest, The Salem News reported.

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