In this day and age, there simply is no excuse for drinking and driving. But one staffer on David Spade’s new late-night Comedy Central program, Lights Out, apparently didn’t get the memo.
According to the Daily Mail, Jacob D. Gralitzer allegedly got behind the wheel while intoxicated and — predictably — got into an accident that killed a 24-year-old musician named Noah Benardout.
Now, Benardout’s parents have filed a lawsuit against Comedy Central’s parent company, Viacom, alleging that they allowed this to happen. David Spade was not named in the lawsuit.
The Launch Party
The Daily Mail reports that Gralitzer, 27, was on the way home from a launch party for the new show when the tragic accident occurred.
The launch party was held in early August at a nightclub in Hollywood called Nightingale Plaza.
The lawsuit alleges that, in the presence of several Viacom supervisors, Gralizter became intoxicated, then left the party and was given his keys by the hired valet service.
The Deadly Crash
According to the Daily Mail‘s report, Gralitzer was driving at roughly 30 mph over the speed limit at the time of the crash.
Gralitzer, who was driving an Infiniti Q60S, reportedly hit another car going in the opposite direction. That driver was behind the wheel of a 2017 Acura.
The force of the collision sent the Acura toward the sidewalk, where Benardout, who was walking by, was struck.
Both drivers remained at the scene to talk to police while paramedics who happened to be in the area began treating Benardout. The 24-year-old was then taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The Ensuing Lawsuit
Benardout’s parents are now suing for medical bills, personal property loss, funeral expenses, and the financial support they were receiving from their son. Family and friends have also organized a walkathon in Benardout’s memory to benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
For his part, Gralitzer is out of jail on a $100,000 bond while awaiting trial. He has not responded to media requests for comment.