Rashaan Lewis Injured in Alleged DWI Accident in Arlington, TX
Arlington, TX -- January 14, 2021, Rashaan Lewis was injured due to an accident where Lewis's vehicle crashed off the side of the highway.
Authorities with the Arlington Police Department reported that the crash happened at around 8:19 p.m. along US 287 near Little Road.
Preliminary investigations said that 24-year-old Rashaan Lewis was driving a vehicle along southbound US 287. While doing so, the vehicle lost control and ran off-road. The vehicle crashed and overturned.
Lewis sustained injuries said to be incapacitating. Tests showed that Lewis had a BAC of .123 following the crash. Police charged Lewis with DWI. Additional details are unavailable.
Commentary on Rashaan Lewis Alleged DWI Accident in Arlington
The details given by authorities here seem pretty straight-forward, but my concern is they're just going to file these charges and move on. I'm not saying those charges are warranted or not; that's not my place. The fact of the matter is that in many alcohol-related crashes, the allegedly drunk driver isn't the only party responsible. Texas law says that alcohol providers contribute to drunk driving wrecks when they over-serve the driver while they're obviously intoxicated.
When bars, restaurants, liquor stores, and other businesses break the law and over-serve people, it's generally the victims and families involved that bear all the burden. The businesses, without anyone investigating their involvement, carries on like nothing happened, continuing to put the community at risk. Does that sound right? Of course not, and Texas law agrees. Is this going to be a crash where investigators only pay attention to the surface details, or will there be a proper investigation into the factors that led up to this crash?