No. 1662 October Term, 1978, No. 1767 October Term, 1978, No. 1768 October Term, 1978, No. 1793 October Term, 1978, Appeals from Judgments of Sentence in the Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County, Civil Action - Law, at Nos. 74-10210, 75-3708, 75-222 and 75-11632.
Harris T. Bock, Philadelphia, for appellant Simon at No. 1662.
Paul D. Nelson, Media, submitted for appellant Powers at No. 1767.
Bernard Edelson, Philadelphia, submitted for appellant Curlett at No. 1768.
Abraham Golden, Philadelphia, submitted for appellant Lamberto at No. 1793.
Bernard P. Carey, Upper Darby, for appellees Joseph Keenan, Jr., ind. and t/a Frontier Saloon.
Cercone, Hester and Hoffman, JJ. Hoffman, J., concurs in the result.
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On the evening of June 28, 1974, Paul Shirley and several other young people attended a birthday party at a private residence where they consumed an unknown quantity of
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beer. Sometime after midnight, Shirley and several others left the party and drove to the Frontier Saloon in Shirley's automobile. At the Frontier they were served and consumed additional alcoholic beverages notwithstanding the fact that Shirley was a minor.*fn1 At approximately 2:00 A.M., the celebrants departed the Frontier Saloon in Shirley's automobile. Less than an hour later, the Shirley vehicle was involved in a fatal head-on collision with an automobile being driven by James Jude Simon. As a result of this accident, Mr. Simon was killed and passengers in both vehicles sustained injuries.
Separate lawsuits were thereafter instituted by the Estate of Mr. Simon and the various passengers against several defendants including the Frontier Saloon. The action against Frontier was predicated upon its sale of intoxicants to the minor Shirley. Although a blood test taken after the accident showed Shirley's blood alcohol content to be four one hundredths of one per cent higher than the level giving rise to a statutory presumption of intoxication,*fn2 all parties concede that there is no evidence that Shirley was visibly intoxicated when he consumed the alcoholic beverages at the Frontier Saloon. Based upon Section 4-497 of the Liquor Code,*fn3 the lower court granted Frontier's motion for summary judgment and this appeal followed.
Appellants' theory of liability is bottomed upon the Frontier Saloon's admitted violation of Section 4-493(1) of the Liquor Code, 47 P.S. § ...