Briana Gee, Ta’Dashi Lydia Injured in Alleged Hit-and-run DWI Accident in Tyler, TX; Broderick Willis Charged
UPDATE (April 23, 2021): Authorities identified the other two victims hurt in that accident as Briana Tyrona-Rashell Gee and Ta'Dashi Lydia, both 21 years old. Right now, additional details about the accident are unavailable.
Tyler, TX -- February 21, 2021, two people were injured after an accident where an allegedly intoxicated driver crashed along Loop 323.
Tyler Police officials reported that the crash happened at around 11:15 p.m. in the area of SSW Loop 323 and Frankston Highway.
According to authorities, 24-yar-old Broderick Willis was in a Ford F-250 traveling along southbound lanes of Frankston. Willis allegedly ran a red light and collided with another vehicle traveling on Loop 323. Police say that Willis attempted to flee the scene, but authorities apprehended Willis.
Two people from the other vehicle sustained injuries, one with injuries requiring transportation to the ICU. Police charged Willis with DWI, intoxication assault, and accident involving damage to vehicle. Additional details are unavailable at this time.
Commentary on Briana Gee, Ta'Dashi Lydia Alleged DWI Accident in Tyler
Needless to say, these are some serious allegations against the reportedly intoxicated driver. What police did not specify, however, is if they believe drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash. Just to be clear, I'm not here to focus on the allegedly intoxicated driver, though it's completely understandable that others may do so. It's just not my place to do that on this blog. Instead, what authorities often overlook is the possibility that a local bar or similar establishment contributed to the crash.
If alcohol contributes to an accident, Dram Shop Law says that any complicit alcohol providers may be held liable. Any business that over-serves alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers is breaking the law and putting the community in danger. That's why it's so important to look into Dram Shop. Obviously, giving victims and families an avenue through which to seek much needed assistance is valuable. Beyond that, however, allowing negligent alcohol providers to continue business as normal just means others will likely suffer similar harm as more and more dangerously intoxicated drivers leave those establishments.
So, while it's far too early to say if anything like Dram Shop would even apply here, it's never too soon to find out. Whether it's to help the victims or to prevent others in the community from becoming victims themselves, looking into the events leading up to this crash would be a prudent step forward.