Two Injured in ATV Accident on County Road 4213 in Newton County, TX
Newton County, TX -- September 6, 2021, two people were seriously injured in an ATV accident on County Road 4213 in Newton County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 7:45 p.m. on CR 4213 near CR 4212. Preliminary investigation suggests a Honda off-road four-wheeler with two occupants was traveling north on the roadway and entered a right-hand curve. Reports indicate the Honda was traveling at high speeds and did not negotiate the curve successfully, veering off the left side of the roadway. The driver over-corrected and lost control of the vehicle; it overturned and rolled multiple times, ejecting both occupants onto the southbound roadway.
The operator and passenger of the Honda suffered serious injuries in the crash.
First responders at the scene told investigators the operator showed signs of intoxication and a bottle of wine was found in a cooler at the scene. Police requested the treatment records for the ATV's occupants.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on ATV Accident on CR 4213 in Newton County
Any time police bring up alcohol it's likely to raise a few eyebrows. Of course, finding a bottle of wine or detecting a possible sign or two of impairment at the scene isn't the same as definite proof and I wouldn't dream of accusing anyone of things that evidence hasn't already established. That said, if intoxication is found to be a significant element then it's worth taking a look at what that could mean for those involved in the accident.
Texas dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. I bring it up primarily because authorities tend to put all of their focus on suspected DWI drivers without actually considering where their alcohol came from or under what circumstances it was purchased. Dram shop law can be a vital tool for getting folks the help they need if a bar or store ignores its legal obligations and provides them with drinks past their limits. Will authorities take the needed action to find out if it was an issue here?