AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – The parents of a man severely hurt and left disabled in a crash linked to drunken driving are suing the driver, the vehicle’s owner and three bars.

A lawsuit filed by the mother and stepfather of Paul D. Hinerman, 30, of Fairfield, says he “has the mental capacity of a child with nearly complete short-term memory loss, speech impairment and loss of mobility and function,” resulting from the crash and has faced more than $400,000 in medical costs.

The lawsuit also targets driver Kenneth C. Brassard, formerly of Albion, who later pleaded no contest to charges including felony operating under the influence and driving after suspension of his license.

It also names Laurie Thomas of Waterville, the owner of the vehicle, and the owners of three bars that served the men.


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