UPDATE: Woman who fell at Quinton's identified

Sunday, September 5, 2010 | 2:09 p.m. CDT; updated 11:44 a.m. CDT, Monday, September 27, 2010

COLUMBIA — A 19-year-old woman who fell from a staircase inside Quinton’s Bar & Deli on Saturday evening has been identified.

Kelsi Poe, of Columbia, remains in critical condition at University Hospital around 1 p.m. Sunday, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department. Poe’s family was notified of the accident Saturday evening.

According to the Police Department, only one person witnessed the fall and was interviewed at the Police Department. All other employees, patrons and acquaintances at the scene told responding officers they did not see the fall, according to the news release.

The Missourian previously reported that the woman fractured her face, neck and skull in the fall. According to the Police Department, Poe had four times the legal limit of alcohol in her system. The legal drinking age in Missouri is 21.

The Police Department's Investigative Division will continue to look into the case, according to the news release. It is not known at this time where the woman consumed alcohol.

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Daniel Jordan September 5, 2010 | 5:06 p.m.

What is "the legal limit of alcohol" for being on a staircase?

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Kate McIntyre September 5, 2010 | 6:02 p.m.

As far as I know, the upstairs area is definitely 21 and over, so she shouldn't have been up there drinking.

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Roger Dowis September 5, 2010 | 10:15 p.m.

I don't really know where she was drinking. It could have been before she arrived at Quinton's. But I do know that college kids drink to get drunk. I also know that this girl had friends that allowed her to drink so that she was three times above the legal driving limit. That's pretty close to a lethal doese of alcohol.

I don't have an answer for this kind of tragedy. It's a cultural thing; one pushes the limits in many areas while attending college (drinking, sex, drugs, etc), usually to one's own detriment. It will take a commitment of the university leadership and the students to change this.

Perhaps they ought to take a good hard look at this fundamental way of thinking and begin to explore methods -- not just rules -- that will change what is acceptable. Only then will the school become safe.

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G Cole September 5, 2010 | 11:58 p.m.

I'm not sure I understand: "Poe had four times the legal limit of alcohol in her system.<...>It is not known at this time where the woman consumed alcohol."

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Roger Dowis September 6, 2010 | 8:39 a.m.

Ms. Poe may have been drinking at Quinton's Bar and Grill, but the article doesn't say. She may have been drinking and before and served again at the bar (which is illegal because of her age and her condition. Where ever she got drunk is only part of the question,G Cole. The real issue is what it means to be responsible while you are a young person away from home for the first time, and what role the university and social groups play in that scheme of things.

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Seth Schuster September 7, 2010 | 10:07 a.m.

As a individual who works here in Columbia as a member of bar staff I can back up the fact that no matter where an individual consumes alcohol being 4x over the limit to operate a car has many outward signs and takes not only a large amount of alcohol but also a fair amount of time and given these facts the establishment managers and owners are responsible for what happens at their establishments. I think that it is safe to say that most people drink underage at some point and every action has an equal and opposite reaction. This is a shocking and horrifing situation; however, I do believe that the full measure of the law should be brought down on Quinton's, bar owners and staff need to realize that having minors in your establishment is not only a unacceptible risk but one that is also illegal. Now I can write for days on this subject but I will cut it short here and wait for your comments.

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John Schultz September 7, 2010 | 11:00 a.m.

Is it truly illegal for a minor to be in a bar? Is Quinton's considered as such by the city's and state's liquor license or is a restaurant (my recollection is there are three different classifications when it comes to the city collecting sales tax)? And what are the ramifications if the injured party became intoxicated off Quinton's property and was brought there by friends? Seems like more investigation needs to be done before people can start pointing fingers with any certainty.

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Carlos Sanchez September 7, 2010 | 11:31 a.m.

@Seth Schuster I do believe that the full measure of the law should be brought down on Quinton's, bar owners.

I agree 100% as having seen too many stories of one type of tragedy or another by under age drinkers leaving bars or happening at bars and being the victims or causing others to be the victims of their over drinking. The bar owners have a serious responsibility with the holding of that Liquor License. Period.

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Seth Schuster September 7, 2010 | 1:42 p.m.

@John far as I know it is not illegal for a person under the age of 21 to be in bar, it is just illegal for them to purchase alcohol at anytime. Most bars that do not allow minors in do so because the bar cannot get at their money. The situation with Quinton's would appear to me to be one of a person who goes to a resturant that also has a bar because Quinton's does also serve food. But at the same time lets be honest...does anyone go there just for the food?

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Dave Jackson September 8, 2010 | 12:18 a.m.

It is also illegal to serve someone who is visibly drunk. If she was 4x the legal driving limit, she had to have been. Also being a customer at Quinton's those stairs are treacherous... Lot's of red flags should have been seen it looks like.

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