'Dram shop' suit filed in fatal Thruway crash – New York News

The estate of a woman killed in a 2014 Thruway crash in Guilderland is suing a bar it says contributed to the crash.


The estate of Alicia Tamboia filed the suit late last month in Albany County against the bar and its owner, Andy Kung, seeking damages.

Tamboia, 24, of Dutchess County, died along with Cody J. Veverka, 23, of Greene County, in the July 4, 2014 crash. 

Tyler Pascuzzi, 26, of Coxsackie, is serving 8 1/3 to 25 years in state prison, having been convicted earlier this year of aggravated vehicular homicide and other charges. All three were occupants in the same car.

The jury found Pascuzzi drove the car and was drunk, causing the crash.

Tamboia’s estate is suing Albany Appletini’s, Inc., doing business as the Albany Rail Yard, 1118 Central Ave.

The estate is alleging negligent, reckless and careless operation of the bar, that it violated the state Dram Shop Act by serving Pascuzzi while he was in a visibly intoxicated state and then permitted him to leave and drive.¬†Pascuzzi then caused the crash, leading to Tamboia’s death, the suit reads.

The attorney for Tamboia’s estate, Andrea Risoli, did not return a call for comment. A message left at the Albany Rail Yard for Kung also was not returned.

Tamboia’s mother, Lori Tamboia, is listed as administering Tamboia’s estate. She spoke at Pascuzzi’s April sentencing, recalling her daughter as a remarkable young woman.¬†

She also told the judge how she cries herself to sleep most nights because of her daughter’s death.

The crash ejected all three occupants of Pascuzzi’s vehicle. Pascuzzi’s defense argued that Veverka was driving at the time of…

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