by Susan Cohen
Live 5 News is reporting that a lawsuit has been filed as a result of last year's fatal car accident following the Skinful Halloween party.
Kenneth Froehlich lost his son, Beau Froehlich, after he was struck and killed by a car driven by Matthew Fisher on Oct. 23, 2011. Froehlich is suing the estate of Fisher, as well as Brian King, the organizer of the much celebrated annual event.
Fisher was leaving the Skinful party at the Brick House Kitchen on Folly Road when he struck Beau Froehlich as he trying to cross the street. Froehlich passed away from his injuries a week later. Fisher was charged with a felony DUI, but it was later found that his blood alcohol level was 0.07. Fisher died in a traffic accident while riding his bike down the same road in May 2012, before his trial.
King could not comment on the lawsuit, but he told the City Paper earlier this month that security has been boosted for this year's Skinful party, which takes place on Sat. Oct. 27 at the Brick House Kitchen. Fifteen off-duty sheriff's officers, overseen by two to three commanders, will monitor the perimeter of the Brick House Kitchen property. Off-site parking lots will be provided for party-goers, with shuttles taking attendees to and from the party. Parking is not available on site, and walking to the event is discouraged. Cab and limo companies will be offering package deals, including pick-up at the parking lots.
There will also be 40 security guards inside the event and a full-force DUI presence lining Folly Road. Officers from the fire department and EMTs will also be on site.