Family sues over death outside Charlotte tavern

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Ohio family of a man who died after he was struck by a car outside a Charlotte tavern has sued the business and a man accused of shoving the victim into the street.

The Charlotte Observer reported (http://bit.ly/1krNcv4) that Robert and Lori Kingston of Columbus, Ohio, are suing Ed's Tavern and Kenan Gay, who faces trial on second-degree murder charges next month.

Bobby Kingston died when he was struck by a car March 3, 2012.

His family says the tavern's bouncer failed to stop a confrontation between Gay and Kingston. It accuses Gay of dragging Kingston from the bar and shoving him into the street in front of a car.

Gay's attorneys say the allegations are untrue. They say Gay acted only after Kingston repeatedly harassed Gay's girlfriend.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com