• November 10, 2021

Chaska Killman Killed in Motorcycle Accident on Morris Dido Newark Rd in Tarrant County, TX

Tarrant County, TX -- April 6, 2021, 52-year-old Chaska Killman was killed in a motorcycle accident on Morris Dido Newark Road in Tarrant County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 3:55 p.m. on on Morris Dido Newark Road (FM 1220) near Indian Creek West. Preliminary investigation suggests Killman was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle north on the 13300 block of Morris Dido when he lost control and drifted left of center. The bike continued leftward and passed through the southbound lane, then exited the roadway and entered the east ditch. It then crashed through a fence and came to rest in the field beyond.

Killman was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators believed he was intoxicated and drew blood for testing. Test results revealed he had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .290 at the time of the crash.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Chaska Killman Accident in Tarrant County

People are often surprised to learn that many DWI wrecks actually involve a third party--an accomplice of sorts--that the law may consider also responsible for them. Unfortunately because its contribution goes unrecognized much of the time, it often gets away with no consequences despite being instrumental to such accidents. Who are these third parties? The businesses that sell or serve the drivers their alcohol.

Texas dram shop law says that licensed alcohol vendors (bars, nightclubs, restaurants, liquor and grocery stores, gas stations, etc) may not serve or sell alcohol to an obviously intoxicated customer. When they ignore that obligation people end up far beyond the legal limit of .08, at which point they are no longer capable of operating 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.

Chaska Killman Killed in Motorcycle Accident on Morris Dido Newark Rd in Tarrant County, TX

By the time someone approaches 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, loud euphoria, speech impediment, balance problems, and significant lapses in judgment would have begun long before that point, and .30 is even considered the typical threshold for a customer to black out.

I'm not saying any of that in judgment of the victim; this blog isn't a pulpit to wag a finger at anyone. What I'm getting at is if a business was involved, there's a strong likelihood it has a legal responsibility to make whatever amends it can to the victim's loved ones--truly the least it could do after its reckless over-service may have caused such a tragic loss.

The possibility of a dram shop violation bears looking into just about any time intoxication could be tied to serious injuries, and police seem to think that was the situation in Tarrant County. Bad bars help make dangerous drivers and unsafe roads. If they fail in their duty to public safety, they should help victims of that negligence and their loved ones get back on their feet.

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