EXETER—On the night of Nov. 22, 2013, Jo-Ann Gershkoff was given news which no mother ever wants to hear; her son Nicholas was killed in a drunk driving accident. Now, the mother of three is seeking action from the state and the venue which served Nicholas and his friends, all underage, alcohol last fall.
On Monday evening, Gershkoff informed the Exeter Town Council that the Cornerstone Pub at 273 Nooseneck Hill Road, Exeter, is currently the subject of an investigation from the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation regarding its alcohol service to minors.
“It is just too easy [to serve minors], especially when kids think they’ll live forever,” said Gershkoff. “The kids know they can get alcohol there. My son was served, and now his best friend is going to prison.”
On Nov. 22 at approximately 7 p.m., Gershkoff and his friend Zachary Thole, who at the time were 20 years old, left Cornerstone Pub with another friend after being served multiple alcoholic beverages by two bartenders there. After leaving the establishment, Thole crashed his vehicle into a pole on Hillsdale Road in Richmond.
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