Lawsuit filed against Husk in Ravenel Bridge crash death

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A popular Charleston restaurant is being sued. The family of a man killed in an accident on the Ravenel Bridge says the restaurant is partly to blame.

Quentin Miller, 32, of Mount Pleasant died at the scene of that crash. His Mustang caught fire, and he was badly burned. Adam Joseph Burnell, 32, was charged with felony DUI. Investigators say Burnell's car rear-ended Miller's car.

Burnell was an assistant manager at Husk. The lawsuit filed February 24 by local firm Pierce, Herns, Soland & Wilson, alleges Burnell was allowed to drink alcohol in excess while working at the restaurant on December 16 -- just hours before the December 17 accident. The lawsuit argues Husk is responsible for contributing to Burnell's alleged drunken state as well as the fatal collision.

"...The collision, injuries, property damage, damages and death, as described in this complaint were the direct, foreseeable and proximate result of the negligent, careless, willful, wanton, reckless and grossly negligent acts or omissions of the defendant (Husk/The Neighborhood Dining Group)..."

Click here to view a copy of the lawsuit.

Husk is located at 76 Queen Street in Charleston. The restaurant was named the nation's best new restaurant in August 2011 by Bon Appetit magazine.

Neighborhood Dining Group president David Howard issued the following statement in response to the lawsuit.

"On February 29th Husk Restaurant was served a lawsuit in regards to the death of Quentin Miller. While we are deeply saddened by this tragedy, unfortunately we are unable to respond to further questioning at this time due to legal complexities. Our hearts go out to the Miller Family."