Man didn't leave bar drunk, manager says

November 4, 2009 5:20:17 PM PST
A previously convicted drunk driver accused of killing a girl in yet another drunken driving incident was seen leaving a bar before that girl died, Harris County Sheriff's deputies aid. The manager of that bar said her business did not sell Larry Womack, 62, too much alcohol.Deputies said Womack left Bimbo's Beer and BBQ right before losing control of his car and rolling it into a 6-year-old girl. Eyewitness news spoke to the manager, Donna Loftin, about the situation.

Loftin doesn't deny that Womack visited her bar, but she said he didn't leave it drunk.

When Womack allegedly struck and killed Makaylin Angel, 6, he had just left Bimbo's Beer and BBQ, deputies said. Despite an intoxication level of more than four times the legal limit, Loftin denied her staff had anything to do with it.

"I won't serve a person like that -- neither does my bartenders," she said.

Loftin said she was in the office when she claims a bartender served Womack. She said he arrived at 10:30am Monday morning and only asked for two things.

"She served him a diet coke, she said -- this is over the phone with her," Loftin said. "Then she said he asked for a Bud Light."

Loftin claims the bartender saw him leave shortly afterward and that he did not return. As for him being spotted leaving her parking lot at 5:45pm, Loftin said Womack cut through the parking lot to miss the traffic.

Womack has history with drunken driving. In 1978, he received one year probation for driving drunk. In 1997, he received another year on probation for his second offense. His third offense in 2008 -- which would have been a felony -- was pled to a misdemeanor, receiving only two years probation.

At that time, a judge ordered an ignition lock placed on his vehicle. It was removed by court order in February of this year.

While the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission investigates whether any bar contributed to the latest offense, Loftin is confident her bar will be cleared.

"Ii don't have any worries about the bar -- my only concern is the family that's lost the little girl," she said. "That's it."

Womack's attorney said he is still in hospitalized and unconscious. He was due in court Wednesday, but the attorney said that has been pushed back until December.

Womack was given probation as part of his punishment for the 2008 conviction, and he was still on that probation when this accident occurred. Despite all of that, a judge set a $50,000 for the intoxication manslaughter charge he currently faces.

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