• May 26, 2021

John Pembroke Killed in Auto Accident on FM 902 in Cooke County, TX

Cooke County, TX -- May 15, 2021, 55-year-old John Philip Pembroke was killed in a motor vehicle accident on Farm to Market Road 902 in Cooke County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 6:30 p.m. near on FM 902 near mile marker 572. Preliminary investigation suggests Pembroke was driving a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck west on the roadway when he lost control. The truck exited the road and passed through the bar ditch, then vaulted off an embankment and became airborne. It landed on its front end and commenced a forward roll, during which Pembroke was ejected. The truck came to rest on top of the victim.

Pembroke was transported from the scene to a Denton hospital where he was pronounced dead on Thursday, May 20.

Investigators reported a suspicion that Pembroke was intoxicated at the time of the crash. His preliminary blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) shortly after the accident was recorded as .315, almost four times the legal limit.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on John Pembroke Accident on FM 902 in Cooke County

People are often surprised to learn that many DWI wrecks actually involve a third party--an accomplice of sorts--that may have share the legal responsibility for them. Unfortunately because this party's contribution goes unrecognized much of the time, it often manages to get off scot-free despite being a major component of drunk driving. That accomplice is a business that provided the suspect with an excess of alcohol.

John Pembroke Killed in Auto Accident on FM 902 in Cooke County, TX

Texas dram shop law says that alcohol suppliers (bars, restaurants, liquor and grocery stores, gas stations, etc) may not serve or sell alcohol to an obviously intoxicated customer. When they violate those laws, people end up far too drunk to properly operate their vehicles. Nevertheless, many businesses keep pouring as long as the money holds out and then turn their impaired clientele loose on the streets without a second thought.

By the time someone crosses the threshold of a .30 BAC there is virtually no chance that physical signs of intoxication could be missed even by poorly-trained staff. Compromised coordination, impaired comprehension, euphoria, speech impediment, balance problems, and significant lapses in judgment would have begun long before that point, and .30 is considered the normal threshold for blackout unconsciousness.

I'm not saying any of this as a matter of judgment against the victim; I rarely treat this blog as any kind of soapbox when the people I hope to reach are already suffering more than enough. What I'm getting at is if a business was involved, there's a strong likelihood it owes the victim's family a duty to help them recover from their injuries--truly the least it could do after its recklessness may have caused tragic and irreversible damage.

The possibility bears looking into just about any time intoxication could be tied to serious injuries, and it seems safe to say that almost quadrupling the legal limit and then driving is a recipe for those. Bad bars help make dangerous drivers and unsafe roads. If they fail in their duty to public safety, they should help the injured victims of that negligence get back on their feet.

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