Khader v. (Restaurant Chain)
The Real Cost of Repeat DWI Offenders
Richardson had a history of drinking too much and then getting behind the wheel. Six times, in two different states, he had been convicted of drunken driving. Then, on a night in 2009, Richardson headed to a restaurant in Mansfield, Texas. Later, his bar receipt would show he paid for 23 drinks in less than two hours.
Sometime that night, Richardson climbed into his Ford F-250 pickup truck and took to the streets. Stopped at a red light in Arlington, Texas, were two year-old Abdallah and his family—his mom, dad, and brother. Abdallah was properly belted into his car safety seat.
Unfortunately, it did no good.
Richardson’s truck rammed the rear of the family’s Honda. All inside were hurt. But Abdallah suffered a massive brain injury. He would survive, but doctors later would say that 80% of his brain was destroyed.
Tested after the accident, Richardson had a blood-alcohol content of 0.25—more than three times the legal limit.
Representation from Aldous \ Walker
On behalf of the Khader family, Charla Aldous and Aldous \ Walker reached a settlement with the restaurant chain, one that allows the family to provide the lifetime of care Abdallah will need. Shortly thereafter, the family bought a special van to transport Abdallah here and there.
On her Facebook page, Abdallah’s mom posted a photograph of the van and wrote, simply, “Thank you, Charla Aldous.”