The parents of a 15-year-old Virginia boy who died after drinking Four Loko recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the makers of the drink. Phusion Projects, which manufacturers the alcoholic caffeinated beverage, was also sued by the parents of another boy who shot himself after drinking the beverage.
On September 25, the 15-year-old boy consumed two cans of the beverage, which is known to have as much alcohol as five cans of beer. The boy then attended a concert where he was thrown out for erratic behavior and picked up by his mother. After his mother took him home, he ran from her vehicle and ended up on a dark highway, where he was hit by an SUV and pronounced dead the next day.
The parents are seeking damages for medical bills and funeral expenses, as well as for emotional anguish during this terrible ordeal. In November, the FDA ordered Phusion Projects to remove the caffeine from Four Loko, and the beverage has already been banned in several stated in the U.S.