Bar­tender ar­rest linked to High­way 12 crash

Lodi News-Sentinel - - PAGE TWO - — Spe­cial to the News-Sen­tinel

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.

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