Kandy Sexton Killed in Hit-and-Run on South Loop 256 in Palestine, TX
Palestine, TX -- January 15, 2022, 41-year-old pedestrian Kandy Sexton was killed in a hit-and-run accident on South Loop 256 in Palestine.
Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 9:30 p.m. in the area of South Loop 256 and Old Elkhart Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Sexton was walking across the road with her husband John in the area when she was struck and killed by a vehicle that left the scene without stopping.
A short time later a Ford F-350 truck matching the description of the hit-and-run vehicle crashed on U.S. Highway 84 just east of Palestine city limits. Responding to the scene, police identified 30-year-old Colby Gholston as the driver who fled after hitting Sexton. Gholston was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Kandy Sexton Accident on South Loop 256 in Palestine
If the allegations here are true, then it's at least reassuring to see someone will answer for actions which most everyone will agree are unacceptable. However, it's important to consider whether or not there's more to the story that authorities are overlooking.
For example, it seems from the charges against the suspect that he's believed to have been intoxicated at the time. That's a more critical point than some might think, because it means that another party besides the driver himself may need to face some scrutiny for the part it played.
Drunk driving is a common factor in hit-and-run accidents, and often occurs after a bar or other alcohol vendor over-served the person who caused the accident. If a business provide excessive quantities of alcohol to the hit-and-run driver, that business may be liable for its role in the crash under dram shop law. In that event the law would hold the bar accountable for its negligence and the business might also be required to make whatever amends it could to the victim's family.
Even if intoxication is considered a factor in the tragic Palestine accident, that doesn't necessarily mean a bar over-served someone. Not every DWI accident involves a dram shop claim, but it's important that investigators consider all of those possible factors to ensure the people affected receive any and all help to which they are entitled.