A jury has awarded a West Roxbury family $510, 000 in a civil suit stemming from the 1987 death of a West Roxbury teen-ager who was served alcohol at a country club before she was killed by a car on Route 1. The suit, decided early in the summer, may set a precedent and redefine legal contours regarding the responsibility of alcohol- serving establishments to bar minors from drinking, said Arthur Licata, who argued the case on behalf of the family of Julie Tobin in Suffolk Superior Court. Tobin, who was 17, was served drinks by her adult cousins during a family reunion at the Norwood Country Club on Route 1 in Norwood, Licata said.
She left the reunion and was struck by a car while trying to cross the highway. Tobin, who died the following day, reportedly had a blood alcohol level of .20, while the state defines drivers as drunk if their blood alcohol level is .10.
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