Christy Huddleston Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on FM 400 in Lubbock County, TX
Lubbock County, TX -- May 16, 2021, 41-year-old Christy Ina Huddleston was injured in a single-vehicle accident on Farm to Market 400 in Lubbock County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 3:30 a.m. on FM 400 near County Road 7300. Preliminary investigation suggests Huddleston was driving a Hyundai Elantra sedan north on the roadway when it left the travel lane in a curve. The car exited the roadway to the right, at which point Huddleston over-corrected left. The car entered a side-skid and rolled right-over-top before coming to rest upright in the east barrow ditch.
Huddleston allegedly did not report the crash until several hours later when she returned to the scene and could not locate her car, which was discovered by a Lubbock County deputy and towed.
Investigators learned that Huddleston told her family she was consuming alcoholic beverages prior to the wreck, which her family then relayed to authorities.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Christy Huddleston Accident on FM 400 in Lubbock County
Thanks in no small part to the driver's own confession-by-proxy, alcohol appears to be a likely factor in this accident. Time and testing will hopefully reveal how much of a role it really played, but if it's confirmed that intoxication was the proximate cause of the crash then some consequences may follow for the driver's choices that night.
Some might consider that more or less the end of the matter--a crime facing appropriate punishment. What else is there? As it happens, Texas law says the driver may not be the sole responsible party after crashes like this. With that in mind, investigators should investigate where her alcohol came from. But why would that matter?
Many people aren't aware of Texas dram shop law, which deals with alcohol vendors and their duty to public safety. Essentially, dram shop law says a licensed alcohol provider (bar, restaurant, store, etc) cannot continue to serve an obviously intoxicated customer or they may be considered responsible for damages that customer causes--even to herself. In the context of the crash on FM 400, the business that served alcohol to the driver may be liable for her injuries if it's determined they served her when she was clearly past her limits.
Not every DWI crash involves dram shop claim, but the possibility can't be dismissed without more investigation. After all, considering the harsh consequences DWI drivers typically face when caught, it only stands to reason that any business helping them to get that way also face repercussions. Unfortunately police rarely invest many resources in looking for law-breaking bars or stores, so if it's possible the victim was over-served somewhere it may be best to work with independent investigators who know how to find evidence of that. Armed with receipts, witness statements, and video footage, many victims--drivers included--have successfully held bad bars accountable for failing to live up to their obligations to public safety.