Hofbrauhaus To Pay Family Of Slain Girl $15 Mil In Settlement

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Hofbrauhaus restaurant on the South Side has agreed to pay a settlement of more than $15 million to the family of a little girl killed by a drunk driver.

Lexa Cleland, 7, was in the backseat of her family’s car while her mom drove to pick up her dad from work.

Travis Isiminger crashed into them, killing Cleland and severely injuring her mother Nicole. It happened on East Carson Street in 2010.

According to the Cleland’s attorney, in addition to paying the settlement, Hofbrauhaus will issue a public apology and announce new procedures to prevent this from happening in the future.

Our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report that the settlement states that Isiminger drank at least six liters of beer and several shots of liquor over four and a half hours.

The paperwork states that Isiminger vomited on a table before being thrown out by security, according to the Post-Gazette.

He later crashed into the Clelands. Police say he was driving 66 miles an hour in a 25 mile-per-hour zone. His blood alcohol level was almost three times the legal limit.

Isiminger pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence and was sentenced to six to 12 years in prison.

The lawyer for the Cleland family will hold a press conference Wednesday morning.

The manager on duty at the Hofbrauhaus Monday evening said he did not have the authority to speak about the settlement.

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