The parents of a grad student killed by a drunken driver will file suit against the Queens cafe where her killer got liquored up before the horrific accident.
“All those responsible for the wrongful death should be held accountable,” said lawyer Sanford Rubenstein, who represents the family of victim Panayiota Demetriou.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages from the Cavo Cafe Lounge on 31st Ave. in Astoria for serving Daryush Omar alcohol “up to and past the point of intoxication.”
Omar, 25, got behind the wheel of his car in the early-morning hours of Nov. 16, 2008, and later barreled through a red light.
His vehicle, a Range Rover, collided with a cab, killing the driver, Bessy Velasquez, 41, as well as Demetriou, who was a passenger and on her way home to her Astoria residence.
The 30-year-old Demetriou was studying for a graduate degree in psychology at Pace University.
Omar pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 3-1/2 to 10 years in prison.
He acknowledged at the sentencing that he was served drinks after he was already intoxicated, according to a transcript of the proceeding.
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