Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Well Hi There....This One Is About A Bartender Who Should Know Better

Bennett William Zilonka was a bartender in Hemet, Ca., who served one too many drinks to an underage boy who was later that night killed in a vehicle crash.

Zilonka, who was 43 at the time and is now 46 years old, served several drinks to 19-year-old James Victor Romero, of Menifee on the between 10 p.m. June 7, 2007, and 2 the following morning.

Romero used his bank debit card to pay his bar tab, and was killed about two hours after leaving Chappies Bar.

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control determined that Romero's Blood-alcohol content was .14, which is twice the legal limit in California.

Romero was traveling west about 65 mph in his 1996 Nissan Sentry when he drove off the roadway and onto the dirt shoulder.

Investigators said it appeared the motorist swung back onto the road, at which point the compact car went into as pin and collided with the left rear corner of a parked trailer that was holding pieces of a modular home.

To avoid the maximum straight jail time, Zilonka pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor and was allowed to serve about four months local jail time, on weekends, which actually is a road work or work camp situation.

The case dragged on for two years before Zilonka copped a plea.

The bar's license was suspended for a month.

James Victor Romero is still dead and will always be 19.

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