Beaumont, TX — A young woman from Buna was killed on 11th Street late Thursday night (January 9, 2014) after her car was hit by a suspected drunk driver. Police said that 34-year old Tyrone Young is being charged with intoxication manslaughter in connection with the death of 22-year old Alexis Neal.
According to the reports, Neal was driving along 11th Street in her Chevrolet Impala at about 10:00 p.m. that night when Young’s pickup truck pulled out from Long Avenue and hit her.
The impact forced Neal’s car into a nearby tree, where it overturned. She was killed immediately and Young was taken to a hospital with non-serious injuries. Police said that Young is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and currently faces intoxication manslaughter charges.
Police said they’ll release more details later.
Scene of the Accident
The news reports are saying that this driver was under the influence of alcohol when he failed to yield. I don’t know all the facts here, but this allows me to talk about something I consider very important. The State of Texas has very specific rules by which it allows bars and restaurants to sell alcohol to customers. In general, a bar is prohibited by the TABC to provide someone with alcohol if they’re already intoxicated. Now, I’m not saying that’s the case here, but what if it was? That would mean that not only did the driver make poor decisions, a bar also made the poor decision to continue serving someone already under the influence. In the eyes of the law, that means the bar and the driver are held liable for their actions. One of the reasons that I come down so hard on bars over-serving customers is because they’re contributing to some very grim drunk driving statistics here in Texas. Furthermore, this serves as an example to other bars that would otherwise have no problem abusing their liquor licenses.
– Grossman Law Offices