Abel Espinoza, Whitney Mize Injured in Wrong-way Possible DWI Accident in Hunt County, TX
Hunt County, TX -- September 8, 2020, Abel Espinoza and Whitney Mize were injured due to an accident where their cars crashed head-on.
Authorities with the Texas Department of Public Safety reported that the crash happened at around 11:20 p.m. off the corner of US 380 and County Road 1064.
In their reports, troopers say that 34-year-old Whitney Mize was driving a Ford Explorer the wrong way down eastbound lanes of US 380. Doing so, Mize's vehicle crashed head-on into 22-year-old Abel Espinoza's vehicle.
Both Mize and Espinoza sustained incapacitating injuries. Authorities say they found alcohol containers and drug paraphernalia in Mize's vehicle. They're looking into drugs and alcohol as potential factors in the crash.
Commentary on Abel Espinoza, Whitney Mize Wrong-way Accident in Hunt County
While I don't like to jump to conclusions without more details, if police find that intoxication was a factor in this crash, it wouldn't be surprising. The vast majority of wrong-way collisions involved impaired drivers, and that makes sense. After all, imagine how difficult it is to get on the wrong side of a divided highway without realizing the mistake. What makes this particularly important to look into is the fact that many wrong-way drivers are significantly intoxicated far beyond reason.
If that happened here, and alcohol was the intoxicant, it's important to find out where that alcohol came from. That's due to Dram Shop Law, which says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. If someone is so drunk they don't know which way is which, that's almost a guarantee they over-served someone. So, did that happen here? If so, there needs to be thorough investigations to get the victims and families the help they need.