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TABC cites Hooters for over serving man who caused fatal accident

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A Beaumont restaurant has been cited by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.  The enforcement action against Hooters stems from a fatal drunk driving accident in Beaumont last year.

It was on July 30, 2012 that Derek McBride would go to Hooters on Interstate 10 with three friends.

According to a TABC report obtained by 12 News, they would spend just over 4-and-a-half hours during which McBride was served six 25-ounce beers, a Bloody Mary, a shot of Vodka and a shot of Jack Daniels.

McBride, 25, was sentenced on March 18 to eight years in prison for intoxication manslaughter.

McBride pleaded guilty to driving drunk, and causing the accident on I-10.  It claimed the life of Amber Roussel of Louisiana, but authorities did not just go after McBride to seek justice, they also launched an investigation into Hooters in Beaumont.

Agents with the TABC learned McBride had been at the restaurant before the fatal wreck.

They demanded to see receipts from the day of the wreck.

At first, the TABC agent did not get all she requested and she issued Hooters a warning for failing to timely provide records.

But eventually TABC had what it needed to sanction Hooters, turns out the agency discovered that waitresses had over served McBride alcoholic beverages.

Here's a timeline from that day involving McBride:

11:05 a.m. - served 1 Coors Light Big Daddy (25oz)

11:38 a.m. - served 1 Coors Light Big Daddy (25oz)

12:22 p.m.  - served 1 Coors Light Big Daddy (25oz)

1:07 p.m. - served 1 Coors Light Big Daddy (25 oz) AND served Bloody Mary with a shot of Vodka

2:09 p.m. - served 1 Coors Light Big Daddy (25oz)

2:12 pm - served 1 shot of Jack Daniels

3:45 pm - served 1 Coors Light Big Daddy (25oz)

3:54 pm - reported time of accident by Beaumont police department

Hooters fired two waitresses and the TABC gave the restaurant the option to pay a $15,000 fine, or get its liquor license suspended for 50 days.

Hooters chose the fine.  Amber Roussel's mother, Melba Braud, told 12 News, "Amber was not given a choice, Hooters should not be given a choice either, so they can continue to serve people like Derek McBride."

Braud is suing Hooters, but she said, "It's not about the money, it's to show them this needs to stop."

Braud describes her daughter as amazing.  She says she plans to return to Beaumont on the first anniversary of Amber's death and do a candlelight vigil on I-10 near Pine Street, where the wreck happened.

We have been in contact with a public relations representative for Hooters.  He told us he would have a response for us, but we have not received one yet.

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