Lawsuit filed against bar,
estate of driver
By GREG STAHL
Express Staff Writer
A deadly October car accident
south of Hailey has led to a lawsuit that seeks damages and medical
expenses from the estate of a deceased intoxicated driver and the bar
that served him.
Two Duvall, Wash., men who were
injured in the accident have sued the estate of the driver who hit them
and the Silver Dollar Bar, the Bellevue establishment that allegedly
served him alcohol.
Klint Kendall, 19, and Clint
Russell, 21, filed the case in U.S. District Court in Boise on Friday,
Wayne M. Rahn, 24, and his
passenger, Gumecindo Ray Egoavil, 43, both of Hailey, died Oct. 18 when
their car drifted over the center line on Highway 75 just south of
Friedman Memorial Airport and collided with a pickup carrying Kendall
A third passenger in the pickup,
Danny Russell, 18, of Duvall, also was injured in the crash, and one of
four horses in a trailer being towed by the pickup died.
Rahnís estate and the Silver
Dollar Bar in Bellevue were named as defendants in the lawsuit.
"At the time that the alcoholic
beverages were sold to Mr. Rahn, a reasonably prudent bartender or other
agent of the Silver Dollar Bar knew or should have known that Mr. Rahn
was intoxicated and unable to safely operate a vehicle," the lawsuit
The lawsuit says the plaintiffs
suffered permanent and severe injuries and seeks damages of more than
The Silver Dollarís owner, Sean
Mahoney, declined to comment extensively about the case. He said only
that the barís insurance company was conducting an investigation into
Clint Russell, the pickup's
driver, suffered two broken leg bones, a broken pelvis and spinal
injuries. He was trapped in the truck for an hour before rescuers were
able to free him. The other men in the truck suffered lesser injuries.
During a press briefing in
October, Blaine County Sheriff Walt Femling estimated that Rahn was
traveling more than 80 mph when the accident occurred on a highway
posted at 55 mph.
"They were traveling at a high
rate of speed," Femling said. "They were traveling northbound and
crossed the center line into the southbound lane, hitting the (pickup)
Kendall was first taken to St.
Lukeís Wood River Medical Center and later flown via Lifeflight to St.
Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.
Clint Russell was flown directly
from the scene to St. Alphonsus after emergency crews worked for nearly
an hour to extricate him.
Danny Russell was taken to St.
Lukeís where he was treated and released, Femling said.
The truck driven by the Washington
men rolled on to its side from the impact of the collision, and the
horse trailer in tow separated from the truck.
"The highway was closed for a few
hours," Femling said. "There was a dead animal. It was a mess." The
other three horses were injured in the accident.
A third car, a Chevrolet Malibu
driven by Benito Chavez Hurtado, 21, was also involved in the accident
after it ran into the horse trailer. Hurtado was unhurt, Femling said.