Police are investigation the death of 35-year-old Rodney “Krook” Hawkins at the Ruby Tuesday’s in Lovejoy, Georgia. Hawkins went into anaphylactic shock when he was served Chicken Oscar, a dish with crab meat. Hawkins was fiercely allergic to shellfish.
The restaurant is claiming that Hawkins got what he ordered and that he server’s order pad and the kitchen ticket indicate that Hawkins ordered the Chicken Oscar. His wife says, however, says that he was very careful and ordered a different dish. The police appear to agree. George Bureau of Investigations spokesman John Bankhead said “He had ordered the Chicken Fresco and the Chicken Oscar was brought out by mistake,” said GBI spokesman John Bankhead.
While no criminal charges will be filed, his wife has retained an attorney for an expected tort lawsuit. There is an obvious case for negligence and the injury here is foreseeable given the significant number of people with allergies to peanuts, shellfish etc.
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