BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — For years, the 7 News I-Team has been breaking details about the deadly South Buffalo crash, involving the driver of a Maserati. Despite the driver being locked up, convicted of serious charges, he's facing a number of civil lawsuits from the estates of the two people killed.
The driver isn't the only person or entity named in those lawsuits.
Town Ballroom was named — in one of the lawsuits — under the ownership group 681 Entertainment. The owner says this is an awful error.
The concert venue is accused of over serving an obviously impaired Antonio Brown, the night he crashed, killing Kristin LaBruno and Anthony Twentyfive III, in South Buffalo back in 2019.
"It's not true because we weren't open," says Town Ballroom owner Artie Kwitchoff. "We're an event space. We open for events. We're not a normal bar that's open three, four, five nights a week."
Not only does Kwitchoff say Town Ballroom wasn't open, he says no one was even inside the building, let alone drinking the night Brown crashed the Maserati he was driving.
Kwitchoff points a log, showing when the alarm was armed and disarmed.
According to the log, the alarm was armed early Saturday morning, October 26, 2019. It was not disarmed until Monday, the 28th.
The crash happened early in the morning on Sunday, October 27.
"The lawyers involved need to be responsible and need to get to the bottom of the facts," Kwitchoff says. "Somehow we've been mistakenly implicated in this lawsuit. Somehow, somebody says there's a witness that says everyone was here drinking prior to the accident -- that's not the case."
Retired State Supreme Court Justice Penny Wolfgang says that log is "excellent proof" to show the venue was not open. But both lawyers for each estate were originally going after Town Ballroom, under what's called the Dram Shop Act. It allows lawsuits of establishments that facilitate illegal drinking or the illegal sale of alcohol.
Town Ballroom was dropped from one of those claims. It was issued a discontinuance.
"The facts must have shown that this particular bar was not responsible, that there was no causal relationship" Wolfgang said. "That they either didn't sell liquor to the person -- or that they sold it if they did -- a small amount."
The attorney, who did not drop Town Ballroom from the case, did not return our repeated calls.
There is cause for some concern, at Town Ballroom, because Kiwtchoff, as the owner, has to defend himself in front of the State Liquor Authority. That's frustrating, especially now, because the venue's liquor license is up this month.
"It's upsetting that, in the eyes of the State Liquor Authority, we're still involved in a vehicular homicide" Kwitchoff said. "We'll continue operating our business as we always have. It's the reason we've been open as long as we have. we run the business properly."
Kwitchoff, on behalf of Town Ballroom and 681 Entertainment, has hired an attorney to get his business off the second lawsuit. It is important to note, this discontinuance was issued without prejudice. That means it could come back in the future if new evidence surfaces.
Maserati driver in Buffalo crash wants another day in court
Despite a guilty plea, the 7 News I-Team has discovered Antonio D. Brown, the driver of the Maserati in that deadly South Buffalo crash, is now setting in motion an appeal to that conviction.
Antonio Brown, driver in deadly 2019 Maserati crash, sentenced to 3 to 9 years in prison
The driver involved in a crash that killed two people in South Buffalo in October 2019 was sentenced to three to nine years in prison Tuesday.
Driver in deadly 2019 Maserati crash pleads guilty
The driver involved in a crash that killed two people in South Buffalo in October 2019 pleaded guilty to several charges in court Tuesday morning.
Man accused of driving Maserati in deadly Buffalo crash arraigned in separate case
Brown was allegedly driving without a license on November 23, 2020, he was issued an appearance ticket after being stopped by an Erie County Sheriff’s deputy.
Maserati driver told to show up for court or face arrest
Antonio Brown, the driver, is facing a charge of driving without a license. Erie County deputies arrested Brown back in November. They issued an appearance ticket. His arraignment in Buffalo City Court was scheduled for Wednesday, April 14.
Maserati driver facing more charges while out on bail
The 7 Eyewitness News I-Team has discovered, Antonio D. Brown, the driver of the Maserati in that deadly South Buffalo crash, is once again in trouble with the law.
Family files lawsuit in deadly South Buffalo crash involving Maserati
A new lawsuit, filed in New York State Supreme Court in Erie County, claims the driver of a Maserati involved in a deadly South Buffalo crash, was at The Vault Restaurant and Lounge in West Seneca prior to the 2019 crash.
Judge allows City to hide documents connected to Maserati
Information that could provide more context about the Maserati involved in a deadly South Buffalo crash, is being shielded from the public.
Maserati driver released on bail
The Erie County Sheriff's Office confirmed to 7 Eyewitness News that Antonio D. Brown was released on Tuesday after satisfying the terms of the bail/bond set by the arraignment judge.
Grand jury indicts Maserati driver involved in deadly crash
An Erie County grand jury has indicted the driver of a Maserati involved in a deadly crash in South Buffalo nearly 10 months ago.
Lawsuit filed against BPD for documents in Maserati crash
After months of back and forth, a judge will now decide if the police can keep this information hidden from you.
Buffalo police could not obtain crash data from Maserati in South Buffalo crash
The 7 Eyewitness News I-Team has learned from a police source, Antonio D. Brown is working on a plea deal with the Erie County DA's office.
Questions still surround deadly crash in Buffalo
It’s been nearly five months and there are still little answers as to what exactly happened on Pomona Place in the early morning hours of October 27th, when a crash killed 33-year-old Anthony Twentyfive III and 32-year-old Kristin LaBruno.
Why we've identified the Maserati driver from Buffalo crash
The 7 Eyewitness News I-Team has chosen to identify the driver of the Maserati involved in a crash that killed two people.
Maserati's black box searched in deadly South Buffalo crash
The 7 Eyewitness News I-Team has learned Buffalo Police have executed a search warrant on the Maserati, involved in the deadly October crash in South Buffalo.
Police waiting for toxicology reports following crash
We are still working to learn more about a crash that killed two people in South Buffalo early Sunday morning.
Police identify two people killed in South Buffalo crash
The two-car crash occurred at Seneca Street and Pomona Place around 2:40 a.m.