• January 04, 2022

Kevin Jessup Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on Bryant Irvin Rd in Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth, TX -- January 2, 2022, 34-year-old Kevin Jessup was killed in a single-vehicle accident on Bryant Irvin Road in southwest Fort Worth.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 10:00 p.m. on the 4500 block of Bryant Irvin Road North. Preliminary investigation suggests Jessup was driving a Toyota Corolla south on the roadway when he lost control for unknown reasons. The car hit a curb and overturned, then rolled end-over-end one or more times before coming to rest on its roof.

Jessup was pronounced dead at the scene by responders.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Kevin Jessup Accident in Fort Worth

UPDATE (August 17, 2022): Later reports indicate the accident victim had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .285 at the time. I don't say that to judge or preach about alcohol, but if evidence says he was more than triple the legal limit that may mean there's more to investigate.

As I mentioned previously, Texas dram shop law holds businesses that over-serve alcohol responsible for the injuries their intoxicated patrons cause--even to themselves. That's why finding out where the drinks came from is an important (but too often ignored) step in helping victims and families recover the best they can after DWI accidents.

Not every DWI crash involves a dram violation, and I'm not saying I know of a particular business whose practices need scrutiny, but it's an important issue to look into any time alcohol consumption may be the cause of someone's injuries. Will police look into the possibility here, or should independent investigators take a closer look?

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ORIGINAL: After a late night single-vehicle wreck folks may be tempted to jump to certain conclusions about its cause. I understand why they do that, since certain explanations--most commonly driver fatigue, distraction, or intoxication--are behind the majority of similar accidents.

Of the three, only intoxication could potentially have unique legal repercussions. If alcohol contributed to the crash (and so far no one has suggested that), it's important to find out if a local business illegally over-served the driver. If so that establishment could be liable for its role in the crash under dram shop law. It's an important element to investigate after many alcohol-related accidents.

With that said, though, alcohol hasn't even been suggested as a potential factor and I'm not claiming to know anything more than reports currently say. If I ask people not to jump to any conclusions, I'd best practice what I preach. Even if something like drunk or distracted driving is commonly the cause of single-vehicle wrecks, there are many other possibilities to consider. Could the victim's vehicle have had any mechanical issues? Tire failures? Were there any road hazards? Could the victim have had a medical emergency? Were there any other vehicles involved that might have left the scene?

Maybe nothing unusual happened here, but the victim deserves the benefit of the doubt unless clear evidence says otherwise. If he or anyone else should be held responsible, that should only be decided after careful and thorough investigation.

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