Ex-NFL star sues Lutz bar over son’s drunk driving death

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Brian Holloway

Ex-football star Brian Holloway is suing a Lutz bar for the wrongful death of his son.

Holloway and Bette McKenzie, parents of Max Holloway, 26 when he died last year, claim that Panini’s Bar and Grill in Lutz knew Max was an alcoholic.

Per Florida law, when someone knowingly serves a habitual drinker alcohol, they could be held liable for injuries or damages caused by the drunken person

Max was a regular at Panini’s.

On Oct. 26, 2016, he spent hours drinking at the bar, chatting with the staff until 2:30 the following morning. Max left in his car after a long night of drinking.

Roughly 200 feet away from his condo, he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a nearby home on Lutz’s Lake Fern Road. He was killed in the crash.

The parents seek damages for funeral and burial costs, loss of support and companionship, and mental pain and suffering.

Holloway posted to Facebook two days after his son’s death to announce the day and time of the funeral service. In the post, Holloway wrote as though he were Max, it read, “Wow! this place is amazing! Heaven! The skies are the bluest you’ve ever seen and the air is crisp, and my allergies; are gone!”

The Panini’s Bar and Grill in question is located at 3973 Van Dyke Road in Lutz.

Brian Holloway played NFL offensive tackle for the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Raiders from 1981 to 1988. Max played football for the Tampa Bay Storm and Boston College. He was a P.E. instructor at his alma mater, Jefferson High School.

No others were harmed in the accident.