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Myrtle Beach area bar replies to lawsuit filed in 2009 fatal DUI crash

Representatives of a Myrtle Beach area business denied providing large quantities of alcohol to a 38-year-old woman in a lawsuit regarding the death of a 57-year-old Georgetown County woman, according to an answer filed in the suit.

Willie Deas, who is representing the estate of Barianne Boykin-Deas, filed the lawsuit in January against Lynne J. Slay, The Afterdeck doing business as Thee Dollhouse and Dog House Holdings doing business as The Dog House and The Dog House Group.

Slay was charged in December 2009 with felony driving under the influence involving a death after a fatal crash on U.S. 17 near the S.C. 544 interchange that killed Barianne Boykin-Deas, according to police. Slay has been free on $70,000 bail since the incident and charges are pending in circuit court.

Troopers said Slay was traveling south in the northbound lane of U.S. 17 and crashed head-on into the vehicle driven by Boykin-Deas, who was headed north, at 4:30 a.m. Dec. 1, 2009.

Boykin-Deas, 57, a hospice worker who lived in the Sampit community of Georgetown County, was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple traumas. Family members said Boykin-Deas, who was wearing a seat belt, was on her way to work that morning.

In the suit, the family of Boykin-Deas said Slay had worked that night at Thee Dollhouse where she was served alcoholic beverages while working. Slay then went to The Dog House bar and was served more alcoholic beverages.

The lawsuit claims Slay was “visibly intoxicated and under the influence of alcohol, was allowed to leave both establishments.”

But in an answer filed by representatives of The Afterdeck and Thee Dollhouse, they denied Slay was intoxicated. The answer to the lawsuit claims Slay worked from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. and consumed two beers while sitting at the bar.

An answer from representatives of The Dog House bar had not been filed, according to court records.

In the lawsuit, Willie Deas claims the bars were negligent in serving Slay, failed to observe her intoxicated condition and allowed her to leave the bars while intoxicated. Claims against Slay include that she failed to keep proper control of her vehicle, was driving on the wrong side of the road, was speeding and violated state laws.

The lawsuit seeks actual and punitive damages for pain and suffering to be set by the court and money for attorney and court fees.