• June 30, 2021

2 Teens Injured in Single-Vehicle Crash on Grand Pkwy in Fort Bend County, TX

Fort Bend County, TX -- June 4, 2021, two teens were injured in a single-vehicle accident on the Grand Parkway in Fort Bend County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 2:30 a.m. on Grand Parkway South (State Highway 99) near Highland Knolls Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests a 16-year-old male was driving a Lexus ES 250 sedan north on the highway and attempted to exit toward Highland Knolls. While taking the exit curve the Lexus left the roadway to the right and hit a tree. The car then carried onward roughly 200 feet before coming to a stop.

The driver and his 16-year-old passenger suffered serious injuries in the crash.

Investigators noted that intoxication by drugs or alcohol may have been a factor in the crash. Samples were collected for toxicological testing.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Single-Vehicle Accident on TX-99 in Fort Bend County

If it's true that intoxication was part of this crash--which reprots make clear is only a guess by officers, probably based mostly on its circumstances--then investigators should find out where it came from. According to Texas law, any alcohol provider that sold or served drinks to the underage driver may be liable for both victims' injuries.

Texas dram shop law says that a licensed alcohol vendor that provides alcohol to an obviously intoxicated customer may be liable for damages caused by that person's intoxication. Put another way: Any bar, nightclub, convenience store, liquor store, or other provider that sells or serves drinks to someone who clearly should be cut off is breaking the law. By engaging in negligent over-service, they may be accountable for any injuries or deaths that are provably linked to the customer's intoxication in addition to whatever hot water they land in for serving alcohol to someone under 21 years of age.

To be clear, not every incident of DWI (and again, this is not confirmed to be one) also involves a dram shop violation. There are many unresolved questions in this crash, including whether alcohol was even truly a factor; that obviously must be answered before any issues about where it came from start to be addressed. If blood tests confirm drinking took place, though, it's only fair for any reckless business involved to face consequences.

2 Teens Injured in Single-Vehicle Crash on Grand Pkwy in Fort Bend County, TX

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