Probably not. There were no charges, no tickets.<quoted text>
Did breathalyzers EXIST back then?
The Welches did not attend Mike Douglas' funeral. Nor did Laura Welch reach out to the family. The accident irrevocably severed relations between the two families. Richard Pendleton remembers overhearing numerous phone calls between his father, who was president of a local bank, and Harold Welch, a successful homebuilder. "My sense was that the [Douglas] family was in the process of suing the Welches," recalled Pendleton. "Im not sure if legal action was filed. Harold Welch had been talking a lot with my father about borrowing money. They did not bank at the bank that my father worked at, but I know they had been talking some about it, and thats how my father was privy to this. The [Douglas] family was calling the Welches every night. This was horrible. I mean, it wasnt going away. And even after they settled with them, and I dont know what or how much,[Mike Douglas'] mother kept calling Jenna Welch in the middle of the night crying,'Your daughter killed my son.'"
Pendleton continued: "What I remember was my mother and father talking about [a settlement] and my father talking with Harold Welch about a settlement or the [Douglas] family suing. And they [the Welches] were concerned about thisvery concerned and that it was a big deal and they werent sure what to do .I remember my father saying,My god, this is a pretty serious deal, and its going to be a pretty big financial blow to the Welches.'