SPRINGDALE — The Springdale Civic Center has lost its alcohol permit as punishment for an alcohol-related wreck that killed two men in March.
Bud Roberts, director of the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control office, wrote in an order that the civic center’s license will be revoked in the wake of the drunken-driving crash.
“The Springdale Civic Center was involved in a violation that led to a double fatality,” Roberts said Thursday. “That’s quite extreme, so the remedy had to be extreme.”
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The center is a privately owned event facility at 2323 S. Old Missouri Road.
Alejandro Hernandez, 23, and Guillermo Sanchez, 22, both of Clarksville, were killed during the early morning hours of March 13 when the 1997 Chevrolet they were passengers in went off the road and slammed into a tree.
The driver, 19-year-old Julio Galan, also of Clarksville, suffered injuries. Galan had been drinking at the Civic Center prior to the accident, according to Roberts.
The hearing on whether the civic center’s alcohol permit should be revoked was held June 1. The order to revoke the permit will be issued June 16, and will be sent by certified mail to Edward Vega, the permit holder, that same day. Once Vega has received the order, he has 15 days to appeal, Roberts said.
Vega had multiple Beverage Control infractions and was on probation when the fatal accident happened, Roberts said.