Kelly L. Rooth
A St. Petersburg High student, Paige Davison, was killed in a boating accident six weeks ago. Davison’s parents have since filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a local liquor store for being partially responsible. Davison died when the boat she was in collided with a jetty by Albert Whitted Airport. The accident is under investigation and officials report that alcohol may have played a role in the accident.
The wrongful death action claims a St. Petersburg convenience store, the Quick Thru, located at 4025 Fourth St. N., sold alcohol to the teenage boys who drove the boat and that the store has a reputation in the community for being willing to sell alcohol to minors. The lawsuit also names the teenagers who were operating the boat, and one teen’s parents, as defendants. It alleges the teenagers purchased beer from the Quick Thru after buying rum for an unknown liquor store, and that the Quick Thru owner was working that night and did not ask the teenagers about their age. The Quick Thru owner denies all the claims.