The family of a 15-year-old boy who was hit by a car and died in 2010 is suing the makers of Four Loko. The teen reportedly drank two cans of the caffeinated malt beverage at a concert tailgate, causing staff at the concert venue to call his mother to come pick him up. Once mother and son reached the family's home in a suburb of Washington, DC, he ran off, ending up on a busy highway where he was hit by a car.
The incident happened just a few weeks before manufacturer Phusion Projects announced it would yank the caffeine and other stimulants from its fruity-sweet alcoholic drinks. However the family's attorney said the sweet flavoring and 12 percent alcohol level are still concerning. "It's not beer, it's wine," the attorney said in a statement. "The product still tastes like juice."
· Family Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Four Loko Maker [Chicago Tribune]
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