Bama Belle

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the family of Mr. Tre’ Jones, a University of Alabama student, who drowned in the Black Warrior River after falling from the Bama Belle riverboat on April 5, 2012. Mr. Jones was attending a Delta Sigma Theta party on the chartered boat.

The case was filed under Alabama’s Dram Shop law, which prohibits anyone from furnishing alcohol to a minor. In particular, the Alabama Civil Damages law prohibits anyone from furnishing alcohol to a person less than twenty-one years of age.

We’ve had dram shop laws on the books since 1909 in Alabama and they help ensure the safety of our community. These laws protect our citizens from the ills of excessive drinking; when minors are furnished alcohol and drink to excess, it endangers us all, including the minor who was allowed to drink unlawfully,” says Jamie Moncus, who represents the parents of Tre’ Jones.

The Complaint alleges that an environment was created where minors were allowed to obtain and consume alcohol and that little to no precautions were taken to ensure that minors were not allowed to drink on the boat.

“I am proud to represent these good parents in a tragic time in their lives—it speaks volumes about their character that they had the strength and the courage to come forward and prosecute this case to ensure this tragedy never happens to another underage student and another family,” Moncus said. “Getting the word out that those who break our alcohol laws and allow minors to drink to excess, will help keep our community safe.”