• January 13, 2022

Danika Duhon Injured by Alleged DWI Driver on Gulf Fwy in Houston, TX

Houston, TX -- December 5, 2021, 37-year-old Danika Duhon was injured in a collision with an alleged DWI driver on the Gulf Freeway in Houston.

Authorities say the incident happened around 6:10 a.m. on the Gulf Freeway (I-45) near Fuqua Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Duhon was driving a Honda CR-V north on the freeway followed at close distance by a 19-year-old male in a Nissan Sentra. Reports indicate the Nissan driver, allegedly under the influence of alcohol, crashed into the back of the Honda but did not stop or pull over after the collision. Duhon followed him from the crash scene and he was later arrested for DWI-1st Offense.

Duhon suffered serious injuries in the collision. A passenger in the Honda received possible injuries. No other injuries were reported.

Toxicology tests later showed the Nissan driver had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .09, just over the legal limit, at the time of the accident.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Danika Duhon Accident on Gulf Fwy in Houston

Police were apparently able to confirm with reasonable certainty that the suspect was intoxicated by alcohol at the time of the accident. While I don't want to speculate about whether that was the reason he tried to flee from the crash, he would be far from the first to do so after a little too much to drink.

With the probable cause of the crash identified and the suspect charged some may feel that more or less closes the matter. However, criminal consequences do little to help with the difficulties faced by the crash's injured victim. However, that may be addressed in a different way. What do I mean? Well, the young driver may not be the only one to hold responsible for the injuries caused in Houston.

Danika Duhon Injured by Alleged DWI Driver on Gulf Fwy in Houston, TX

Many people don't know about Texas dram shop law or how it applies to these situations. Dram shop law says that licensed alcohol providers like bars or liquor stores may not serve or sell alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers. If they do, the law may consider them liable for injuries caused or suffered by those customers while they are under the influence. That means if any bar or restaurant served the suspect too many drinks before he drove, they might have a legal obligation to help make things right for the people he hurt.

Not every DWI crash involves a dram shop violation to begin with. For instance, if the driver drank at home then it's unlikely any business would be liable for the injuries he caused in the wreck. However, the possibility that a business not only over-served a customer but also an underage one certainly bears looking into as any business doing so should be strongly "encouraged" to knock that off. So will authorities look into that possibility here, or should the injured victim work with independent investigators to get answers and help?

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