• May 19, 2021

One Cyclist Killed, Another Injured by Alleged DWI Driver on Shepherd Ln in Balch Springs, TX

Balch Springs, TX -- April 26, 2021, a 39-year-old cyclist was killed and another was injured by an allegedly-intoxicated driver on Shepherd Lane in Balch Springs.

Authorities say the incident happened around 8:40 p.m. at the intersection of Shepherd Lane and Bishop Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests 66-year-old Charles Moore was driving a Dodge Ram 2500 truck north in the 4372 block of Shepherd as four cyclists rode in a group ahead of him. Moore reportedly failed to reduce the truck's speed as he approached the cyclists and struck two of them.

One of the cyclists was pronounced dead at the scene. The other was taken to an area hospital with possible internal injuries. No other injuries were reported.

Investigators at the scene determined Moore was intoxicated at the time of the crash. Blood was drawn for toxicological testing and he was charged with Intoxication Manslaughter and Intoxication Assault.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Alleged DWI Accident on Shepherd Ln in Balch Springs

Police seem to believe intoxication by alcohol is a major factor in this collision. Whenever alcohol use may have caused a serious accident, prudent investigators know to look into where it came from because that business may have violated Texas dram shop law. Essentially, this law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication.

Alleged DWI Driver Charles Moore Kills One Cyclist, Injures Another on Shepherd Lane in Balch Springs, TX

Put simply, drunk drivers face serious consequences for their bad choices and almost always get their day in court to answer for what happened. While that may provide a sense of closure or moral reassurance for the people injured by those drunk drivers, it does little to help them and their families with the serious financial and physical burdens of recovery. In many cases, though, dram shop law provides them the right to confront the business who got their assailant drunk and get help with getting back on their feet.

Negligent businesses who willingly break the law by over-serving their clientele must learn the error of their ways. Dram shop law serves both to help victims of that recklessness while also teaching bad bars a much-needed lesson. That's why it's so crucial to be thorough and find out whether law-breaking bars had anything to do with accidents like this. Are authorities taking the appropriate steps to ensure everyone responsible for this incident faces appropriate consequences?

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