CLEVELAND — An Ohio bartender has been criminally charged or serving drinks on St. Patrick’s Day to an underage girl who later fell from a second-story balcony and suffered severe head injuries.
Authorities say Carisa Buehner, 29, was tending bar at Spirits in downtown Cleveland when 20-year-old Megan Keefe and her friends came in and ordered drinks. Arview of surveillance footage showed that Buehner served Keefe three vodka drinks that day without asking for ID, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Keefe later tumbled headfirst from the bar’s second floor balcony and smashed her head into a granite railing 15 feet below. The fall tore a chunk of granite off the railing and left Keefe with a bleeding on her brain and fractures to her skull, vertebrae and eye socket.
Her family says she remains in a coma and is currently in a long-term care facility. They say the family has already incurred over $1 million in medical bills and expect it will cost over $10 million to care for her for the rest of her life.
Buehner was charged with with selling alcohol to someone under 21 years old, a first-degree misdemeanor.
Keefe’s family has filed a lawsuit against the bar and the state liquor authority is still investigating whether to revoke its liquor license.