Widow files civil lawsuit against Odessa bars

The widow of a 30-year-old Odessa man who was killed in an alcohol-related crash last fall has filed a civil lawsuit against three bars alleging they continued to serve him alcohol despite knowing he was intoxicated.

According to the lawsuit filed in the 161st Ector County District Court Tuesday, on Oct. 23, 2021, Rogelio Suchil Jr. became “visibly intoxicated” while at the Black Gold Sports Bar, The Agave Bar and Steins Ultra Bar, all located at 4555 E. University Blvd. and yet employees kept serving him.

Suchil left the bar in his Ford F250 and lost control of the truck on North Loop 338 near mile marker 280, the lawsuit stated. The truck went off the road, rotated counterclockwise, went into a skid, crossed both lanes of travel, ran through a barbed wire fence and rolled multiple times, throwing Suchil from the truck.

According to the lawsuit, Suchil’s blood alcohol level was .161, more than double the legal limit.

Natalie Suchil’s attorneys, Jason Webster, Heidi Vicknair and Russell Serafin of Houston, allege each of the bars served an “obviously intoxicated person,” failed to control the amount of alcohol they gave him and allowed him to operate a vehicle.

They are seeking unspecified damages on her behalf for past and future mental anguish, pain and suffering, pre-death fright and pain, funeral and burial expenses and her husband’s lost future wages. In addition, they are seeking compensation for the loss of her husband’s companionship, support and consortium.

Messages left with the bars were not immediately returned.

According to his obituary, “R.J.” Suchil Jr., was survived by his wife, parents, grandmothers, two sisters and three nephews and a niece.