Family sues Wall Street Cantina after deadly DUI crash

Nitasha Bennett killed in 2015 crash

By Erik Sandoval - Reporter

ORLANDO, Fla. - The family of a single mother of three killed in a drunken driving crash is suing the restaurant that served the man who was behind the wheel.

The crash happened Dec. 2, 2015.

Nitasha Bennett, 28, was in the back seat of a silver Ford Taurus at the corner of Mills Avenue and Colonial Drive when a black Dodge Charger plowed into the car at more than 60 miles per hour, the Orlando Police Department said.

Investigators said the driver of the Charger -- 46-year-old Derrick Freirson -- had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit.

A wrongful death lawsuit has now been filed by Bennett's family against Wall Street Cantina in downtown Orlando.

It claims bar workers knew Freirson was an alcoholic and "a habitual drunkard."

Despite that, the suit alleges the staff served Freirson at least 14 drinks that night.

The suit claims the waitstaff did not discourage him from driving afterward, and as a result, it claims Bennett was killed.

Orlando police say Frierson was rushed to a hospital after the crash that night, but he checked himself out of the hospital before officers could arrest him.

He hasn't been seen since, and Orlando police have been trying to locate him, armed with an arrest warrant.

The family's attorney told News 6 that Freirson might be somewhere in Louisiana.

Anyone with information about his location is urged to call Orlando police immediately.

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