Fort Worth family sues bar over death

Jesus Cisneros

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Former Fort Worth police Officer Jesus Cisneros faces intoxication manslaughter charges.



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Posted on March 4, 2010 at 11:19 PM

A Fort Worth family has filed a lawsuit against a bar for allegedly over-serving a police officer whose car crashed into another vehicle with fatal results.

Stella Lopez still has to comfort her grandsons, two months after their mother, Sonia Baker, died in the accident involving Fort Worth police officer Jesus Cisneros, who slammed into her car driving a city-owned undercover vehicle.

Cisneros' blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit.

Lopez said one of the children took it especially hard. "He has said his mother had run away, and we had to explain to him that she loved him, and that there was no way she could run away from him... and we had to tell him that mommy is with Jesus now."

The family’s lawsuit does not name Cisneros or the City of Fort Worth as defendants. Instead, attorney Jeff Rasansky says they blame The Pour House, the bar that served Cisneros just before the accident.

"It's very important for us to hold these types of bars and establishments responsible for over-serving patrons," Rasansky said.

The Pour House has had no comment.

Jesus Cisneros faces intoxication manslaughter charges. He resigned from the force, but not before Fort Worth police launched an internal affairs investigation that is now being reviewed by Chief Jeff Halstead.