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Passenger files lawsuit against Scott Gragson in deadly Summerlin DUI crash

Posted at 8:57 PM, Jun 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-13 02:19:35-04

LAS VEGAS (KNTV) — With the help of six attorneys, one of the passengers who survived a deadly DUI crash in a gated Summerlin community is taking action against the man who was behind the wheel.

The plaintiff, Christopher Bentley, was one of four passengers inside Scott Gragson's SUV in May.

He survived the horrific crash, however another passenger, 36-year-old Melissa Newton, was killed after being thrown out of the vehicle.

In the lawsuit filed Tuesday, Bentley’s attorneys claim he has "suffered severe, agonizing, internal and external personal injuries, severe shock to his nervous system, as well as great pain and suffering.”


Gragson, who police say was driving, had a Blood Alcohol Level nearly double the legal limit after the crash.

The lawsuit against Gragson claims alcohol was served at numerous locations across the Bear's Best golf course during a golf tournament on the day of the crash, which Gragson had attended.

The lawsuit goes on to say the after-tournament reception was going to happen at Gragson's home in The Ridges.

The defense alleges “Gragson willfully consumed these numerous alcoholic beverages knowing that he would later operate his motor vehicle," and added “In a fit of alcohol fueled rage, Gragson accelerated his Range Rover Sport Utility Vehicle through the open security gate.”

Gragson is already facing six felony charges, three for felony DUI and three for felony reckless driving.