CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Horseshoe Casino has been charged with over-serving a man who was later involved in a fatal crash, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol.
On Wednesday, agents cited the casino for furnishing beer or liquor to an intoxicated person and also for selling beer or liquor to an intoxicated person.
Cody Lippmeier, 35, rear-ended a driver on I-275 near the Combs-Hehl Bridge, Cincinnati Police said. He is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide in connection with the March 20 crash.
An investigation revealed Lippmeier consumed an "excessive amount of alcohol" at the casino, according to OSP.
The casino could face fines, as well as suspension or revocation of the liquor permit. The charges will be presented to the Ohio Liquor Control Commission.
"The liquor license, that's what keeps the bar going. without the liquor license none of us have a job here," said Tyler Celek, owner of Game On Grille and Bar. "It's about being responsible when your serving someone," said Celek.
The charges are causing White Oak Bar to revisit its bartender training procedures.
"From the casino's point of view what can happen is license revocation and fines," said FOX 19 Now legal analyst, Mike Allen. Nobody can go to jail (in the casino case) but they can have their liquor license revoked which would be deadly for a casino."
Scott Petredis, 41, died as a result of injuries from the crash, according to police.