Family Fights Four Loko Following Daughter's Death

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    NEWSLETTERS

    The FDA looks to ban caffeinated alcoholic beverages later this week. Meanwhile, a Maryland family is grieving the loss of their daughter that's believed to have been caused by "Four Loko." (Published Wednesday, Nov 17, 2010)

    Courtney Spurry was always smiling. Her family told her if she was ever out drinking and needed a ride home, they would get her. They had never heard of Four Loko until a party a week ago Saturday night.

    Now, they blame the beverage for her death and want it banned.

    There is a memorial along Route 33 in St. Michael's for 21-year-old Courtney Spurry. Her picture adorns the telephone pole she hit with a pickup truck after leaving a part.

    Spurry drank two cans of Four Loko that night, her friends said.

    The controversial beverage containing caffeine mixed with alcohol comes in 23-ounce cans and is said to pack the punch of about four-to-five cans of beer. It's nicknamed: "blackout in a can" and "liquid cocaine."

    "My daughter was acting different," said Courtney's father, Douglas Spurry. "It was like she wasn't herself."

    Friends had taken Courtney Spurry's car keys, but she borrowed a pickup truck. So friends called her mother, Sherry Spurry, who went looking for her.

    "I found her," Sherry Spurry said. "She sped off. I saw the accident happen in front of me. I went up to the truck. She wasn't in it. She had been thrown 90 feet, landing face down in the road."

    "I want it banned from every store shelf," Douglas Spurry said. "I don't want to see another child go through this."

    Several states have banned the sale of Four Loko. Maryland’s attorney general wants it off the shelves, too.