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The operator of an indoor water park agreed to a $4.75 million settlement on Oct. 14 in Silva v. Apex Parks Group, a Camden County dram shop suit stemming from a drunken-driving crash that killed a girl, age 9, and left her sister, age 8, severely injured.

According to the suit, Marcelo Rizzo of Elizabeth visited Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor and Outdoor Water Park in Berlin on Nov. 25, 2018, with his daughters, Madelynn, 9, and Juliana, 8. At a bar on the premises, Rizzo consumed two large, “fishbowl”-type drinks, one shot and two mixed drinks, in a four-hour period, the equivalent of 16 to 18 servings of alcohol, and he ran up a $100 bar bill, telling a friend in a text message he was “pretty smashed,” the suit said.

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Charles Toutant

Charles Toutant is a litigation writer for the New Jersey Law Journal.

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