• January 14, 2022

Nancy Rodriguez Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on FM 154 in Fayette County, TX

Fayette County, TX -- December 11, 2021, 49-year-old Nancy Rodriguez was injured in a single-vehicle accident on Farm to Market Road 153 in Fayette County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 11:30 a.m. on FM 153 near Raymond Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Rodriguez was driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck west when she reportedly lost control in a left-hand curve. The pickup left the road to the north, then hit the side of a culvert and briefly went airborne. It vaulted over a barbed-wire fence and hit a small tree on the property beyond, then continued westward until it hit another tree and overturned. It came to rest on its roof in the field.

Rodriguez suffered serious injuries in the crash. Investigators noted a suspicion she was intoxicated at the time and drew blood for testing.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Nancy Rodriguez Accident on FM 154 in Fayette County

Most folks understand what a DWI charge may mean for the at-fault driver, but there could be further-reaching consequences beyond those directed at her.

For a start, investigators must distinguish whether this crash happened due to drugs or alcohol. They cited both as possible factors in their report, but it's unclear whether they found evidence to support that or just weren't sure which intoxicant was involved. Having seen many such reports, I suspect the latter; if so, that should be clarified by blood tests.

If alcohol is found to be the sole or primary intoxicant, investigators then need to look into where it came from. That's an important detail to learn due to dram shop law, which says an alcohol vendor can be liable for an accident if they over-served an obviously intoxicated customer who went on to harm herself or someone else while drunk. But why would anyone want to hold the bar responsible?

Nancy Rodriguez Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on FM 154 in Fayette County, TX

First and foremost, it presents an opportunity for victims (including the DWI driver) to get some much-needed help with their recovery. Secondly, it provides a way to ensure a law-breaking business faces consequences and to potentially make the community safer. Few people can reasonably argue against making sure a business in their neighborhood doesn't endanger it.

Right now there are still plenty of answers to seek about this crash, including how much of a role alcohol played (if any). Obviously working that out would come before any further investigation about possible dram shop violations, but it's an important consideration any time alcohol use and injuries may be tied together. Dram shop law is instrumental in seeking out negligent alcohol providers and giving them a strong incentive to clean up their act. If doing so can also benefit an injured victim, surely that's worth some attention.

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