Archive for Friday, September 21, 2012

Ozawkie man, 43, identifed as victim in fatality accident

September 21, 2012


The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has identified a man who died in a single-vehicle accident last weekend as Brian W. Corum, 43, Ozawkie.

About 3 a.m. Sunday, emergency crews responded to a report of vehicle on fire at the intersection of Quail Hill Road and Valley View Road, in the Lake Shores Estates Improvement District in Ozawkie. The driver, who was the only occupant of the vehicle died as a result of the accident, which was west of Perry Lake, said Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Herrig. Corum was identifed through dental records.


Machala04 5 years, 9 months ago

Until we meet again, Brian. You will always be missed.

rukidingme 5 years, 9 months ago

Brian was a very nice guy, he will be missed. Yes it was a tragic accident, but I wonder will Jeff. Co leave it as it is or will they continue to investigate why the bartender continued to serve him and then allow him to drive away. This is now a criminal case involving an accident.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 9 months ago

One of the main effects of alcohol consumption is loss of inhibition, which includes the loss of the self control required to quit drinking even though you know you've had plenty. That's why bartenders and servers should be able to tell when someone has had enough, and cut them off before they go too far over the line.

BTW, my comment is general in nature. I didn't know this man, and don't know whether alcohol played a part in this accident.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 8 months ago

I wasn't saying that people shouldn't be responsible for their own actions. I was merely pointing out that one of the main effects of alcohol consumption for some people is to lose the ability to know whether or not they're acting responsibility, or to care.

That's what makes it incumbent on those who serve alcohol as part of their job to be able to recognize when someone has crossed the line. They need to be responsible, as well.

Carol Braden 5 years, 8 months ago

According to Kansas Alcohol Beverage Control, it is illegal to serve alcohol to an intoxicated person. Servers face stiff fines for serving more drinks than the law allows. In addition, bartenders are only allowed to serve 3 - 4 drinks per hour to one person (depending on the person's size and weight). In other words, yes, the drinking establishment can be held liable for serving too much alcohol to one person. For more information:

Lunablue 5 years, 8 months ago

who what bartender where the f in this news post or any pertaining to this accident does it state ANYTHING obout drinking and or establishment

countrygirl 5 years, 9 months ago

We live within a half mile of where this happened and it shook our whole family up even though we didn't know Brian. So very sad. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

greenworld 5 years, 8 months ago

Yeah but drunk or not can one not reason with themself when they decide to get behind a wheel and drive drunk. I mean afterall that is against the law. he put himself or others in harms way by making a costly decision. the bartender serves hundreds of people every week and doesnt think twice of cutting them off. its there job to make money which in the long run makes them more tips, not babysit a drunk.thats why its important when you see somebody driving drunk to call their tag in so they dont kill anybody or themself. everybody would much rather see them alive and everybody else around them safe. Once again Alcohol the evil poison whens again. my cousin pass out drunk on some railroad tracks and got ran over by a train. he did make it out as the train stopped and they had to pull him out from under it with two skull fractures and lifeflight him. he could have been killed but came out of it with only being blind in one eye and wakes up to headaches everyday of course due to the head trauma. needless to say the good that came out of it was he no longer drinks and still has his life. THANK GOD

rukidingme 5 years, 8 months ago

Thanks Cammieb for posting the web site, yes Brian made the choice to drink and drive, we all make mistakes, this one being costly. But the place he was drinking to much and being served to much was not a public bar, it was a local members only. The bartender wasn't looking for tips or making money.The bottom line is Brian made a bad choice and paid the price, now the Sheriff's department and State of Kansas ABC needs to complete the investigation and charge the bartender for breaking the law. If this is swept under the rug it will happen again, who knows next time the drunk driver will kill someoneelse.

Russell Fryberger 5 years, 8 months ago

How is the bartender supposed to tell if all the customers through the night are drunk? Unless the customer is blatantly drunk then what is the criteria? When I used to drink I could drink all night but I got calmer and quieter, you could never tell I was drunk. I'm sure there are many scenarios like this. Blaming the bartender is just wrong unless the customer is obviously drunk. People always want to blame someone else and that's whats wrong. If you are going drinking you are to blame if you cause problems.

Carol Braden 5 years, 8 months ago

ABC provides a course for establishments that have a liquor license and for their servers. In the course, ABC provides information about the laws, penalties and fines for breaking the laws, how to check drivers licenses for legal age and authenticity, and how to determine if someone is intoxicated. My impression after taking the course was that the laws are very loosely enforced and not taken seriously by many establishments or servers. The laws are hard to enforce. This is only my opinion. I posted the website information not to place blame, but to inform. I think many people are very unaware of what the laws are in Kansas regarding the serving of alcohol.

rukidingme 5 years, 8 months ago

For the record it was reported by several customers that Brian was so intoxicated he couldn't stand. In this case the bartender is to blame for continuing to serve him. But in your statement you are correct some people don't show signs of intoxication.

Lunablue 5 years, 8 months ago


greenworld 5 years, 8 months ago

For the record , my cousin tried to walk home along the tracks and probly stumbled and hit is head and knocked himself out but nobody really knows if that is what happened or not. Anyway he tried to make the right decision and not drive drunk and it still cost him some serious health issues to this day. So my question is does he sue the railroad for laying drunk on their tracks?? Everybody wants to sue somebody for the poison they dumped into their body that got them into that situation. The railroad didnt dump the alcohol down his mouth and the bartender didnt either. Its a personally decision when once lifts their own hand and dumps it down their own throat isnt it??

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 8 months ago

Years ago, in 1975, I had a Navy buddy that sure did love to get drunk. And, he had a wonderful car that he really liked. Well, he was way too drunk to drive one night, that wasn't a first though, and everyone could sure tell that was the case. It was someone's bright idea to remove the coil wire from the ignition system of his 1969 Pontiac, and when he tried to start his car and it wouldn't run, every single one of us said something like "There must be something wrong, I'll give you a ride home, that's not a problem at all!"

He got suspicious at how many rides he was being offered, and looked under the hood of his car. It didn't take him long to discover why his car wasn't going to run that night.

He was what you call a mean drunk, so we gave him his coil wire back, and he drove home that night.

But within 2 weeks, he wrapped his really nice 1969 Pontiac around a tree, driving drunk, of course. Later, all sobered up, he realized that we had been trying to do him a favor, we would have driven him where ever he wanted to go. Damn near every one of us had a car.

I'll never forget him sadly mourning the loss of his beautiful green 1969 Pontiac by saying, "I should have listened to you guys."

But, at least no one was hurt.

There's a motorcycle story that happened a few months later also, but I can't deal with that one right now. Don't ever drive a car or a motorcycle drunk. Especially when your friends are standing right there, offering you a ride to where ever you want to go!

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