Jun 7, 2016 12:28 PM
Parents file new claim in suit against Portsmouth bar for the death of their son
PORTSMOUTH - An Epping couple pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit against the owners of a former nightspot in Portsmouth now claim the owners of the business were cited 11 times by state liquor commissioners before their son died from being attacked by a patron.
The Union-Leader reported the David and Cheryl Krantz's suit against The Page Restaurant & Bar alleges they operated an unsafe environment that led to the death of their 24-year-old son Joshua Krantz.
Joshua Krantz accidentally spilled a drink on Zachary O’Neill, of Dover, while the two were on a dance floor on the night of April 6, 2013. Later in the night, O’Neill came up behind Krantz and struck him in the head, and later bragged about it in text messages.
Krantz was later found dead at his apartment in Dover. O’Neill began serving a 10 ½- to 22-year prison sentence in January 2014 after pleading guilty to manslaughter for the attack.
Between 2007 and 2013, the bar was cited by state liquor officials many times for allegedly serving intoxicated patrons, fighting on the premises and for serving alcohol to underage patrons, according to the Krantz's lawyer
John Dussi and Theodore Mountzuris, who operated the business under New Adventure Entertainment LLC, have denied any wrongdoing. Their lawyer recently asked a judge in U.S. District Court to dismiss the lawsuit after it was moved from state court.