MIAMI – A lawsuit filed against a popular South Beach hotel and a former police officer is seeking damages for a woman seriously injured in a drunken all-terrain vehicle crash.
The lawsuit filed Thursday on behalf of 29-year-old Kitzie Nicanor names the Clevelander Hotel and former Miami Beach officer Derick Kuilan.
The lawsuit contends the hotel knowingly served alcohol to Kuilan and another on-duty officer. Prosecutors say Kuilan slammed his police ATV into Nicanor and her friend on the beach before dawn while speeding with no headlights on.
Nicanor's attorney says she suffered a brain injury and may need years of rehabilitation.
Kuilan was fired over the July 3 crash and is charged with four felonies. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.
The hotel planned to respond later Thursday.