Two Injured in Possible Drunk Driving Accident on Westpark Drive in Houston, TX
Houston, TX -- August 22, 2021, two people sustained injuries due to an accident where a possibly intoxicated driver hit another car on Westpark Drive.
Preliminary reports indicated that the crash took place at around 7:09 p.m. at Westpark Drive and the Loop 610 service road.
Officials said that a 33-year-old man was in a Nissan Pathfinder traveling eastbound on Westpark. Approaching a red light, the Nissan reportedly failed to slow down in time and hit the back of a Ford Fusion waiting at the red light. The driver of the Nissan then allegedly fled the scene.
A passenger in the Nissan had reportedly incapacitating injuries while the driver, later found and arrested, had possible injuries. Police believe the Nissan driver may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time. Charges are pending.
Commentary on Possible Drunk Driving Accident on Westpark in Houston
These are certainly some serious details, especially if it's true someone was drunk and fled the scene of a crash. But I'm not here to sit here and criticize one particular driver. Whatever consequences they face is between them and the authorities. In the meantime, these crashes still leave behind victims and families in serious need of help. That's why it's important to understand things like Dram Shop Law.
Essentially, the law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. This helps to ensure that negligent businesses are held accountable and that people get the help they need after a serious accident. The question now is if authorities actually looked into this possibility or if the victims will have to take steps on their own to get the answers they need.