AUSTIN (KXAN) - The mother of Courtney Griffin is suing Gabrielle Nestande and one of the bars she visited the night before the fatal wreck that claimed the life of the Austin woman. The suit against the 25-year-old Nestande and Clive Bar seeks damages of more than $1 million stemming from the wreck in the predawn hours of March 27, 2011. The suit filed by Laurie Griffin includes four counts against Nestande: negligence, gross negligence, negligence per se and negligent infliction of a bodily injury.
It also includes one count against Clive Bar, alleging that the nightspot provided alcohol to an intoxicated adult. Nestande, a former aide to a state lawmaker, was convicted of criminally negligent homicide in Courtney Griffin's death. Nestande was given a 10-year suspended sentence, but she must be supervised by probation authorities during that time.
The jury opted not to convict Nestande of intoxicated manslaughter and failing to stop and render aid.