An Illinois woman’s homeowners insurance will pay $2.5 M to settle a lawsuit brought by a man who was injured in a crash that occurred after an underage drinking party in her home.
The settlement between the woman, whose teenage daughters hosted the party, and George Baldwin, 22, was approved by the judge in Lake County Circuit Court.
In 2006, Baldwin, then a 19-year-old Lake Forest High School graduate, went to the woman’s home with a friend, William Klairmont, then 18 and also from Lake Forest. They were visiting Pfeifer’s daughters, and all drank beer in the girls’ bedroom.
Klairmont was intoxicated when he drove home and lost control of his car. Baldwin, a passenger, was injured with resulting paralysis.
The case is an unusual twist on adult liability for injuries that result from teenage drinking.
Unlike other lawsuits alleging that adults played a role in teenage drinking parties, The woman did not buy the alcohol for the teens or know they were drinking in her home.
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