Bartender arrest linked to Highway 12 crash
SACRAMENTO — Agents from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control arrested Kelly Woodward of Sacramento on Nov. 1, for furnishing alcohol to a minor resulting in great bodily harm. Woodward is accused of selling/furnishing alcohol to Ainise Taimani of Antioch, 19, in the early morning hours of May 26 at the Cinch Bar in Sacramento.
A few hours after she was illegally served alcohol at the bar, Taimani was arrested for gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence, after the car she was driving crashed on Highway 12 in San Joaquin County. Taimani’s cousin, Tui Talia, was a passenger in the car and was killed in the crash.
ABC opened an investigation immediately after the crash to find out the source of the alcohol consumed by the underage driver. The crash itself was investigated by the California Highway Patrol.
ABC agents conducted a series of interviews, examined evidence and found that Woodward sold alcohol to Taimani at the Cinch Bar. They also discovered that Taimani had purchased alcohol illegally at the Hollywood Market in Sacramento before she went to the Cinch Bar.
ABC will be seeking disciplinary action against the Cinch Bar and Hollywood Market.