• January 24, 2022

Michael Allen Cummings Killed, Elizabeth Cummings Injured in Motorcycle Accident in Fort Worth, TX

UPDATE (January 25, 2022): Reports identified the injured passenger in the crash as Elizabeth Cummings. The other driver involved in the crash was identified as Satyam Mehta. Mehta currently faces charges for Intoxicated Manslaughter and Intoxicated Assault. Additional details are pending investigations.

Fort Worth, TX -- January 22, 2022, Michael Allen Cummings was killed and one was injured due to an accident where a motorcycle and another vehicle crashed.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 2:30 a.m. Officers responded to West Vickery and Hopkins Street. According to reports, 33-year-old Michael Allen Cummings was on a motorcycle which somehow was involved in a collision with another vehicle. Due to the crash, Cummings succumbed to fatal injuries. Another person involved had reportedly critical injuries. The cause of the crash remains unclear at this time.

Commentary on Michael Allen Cummings, Elizabeth Cummings Motorcycle Accident in Fort Worth

Initially, I brought up alcohol as a possibility here simply due to the time of the crash. While the reported charges could also be used following a drug-related crash, they only make alcohol that much more crucial to look into. This early in the morning, accidents like this are usually the result of someone coming from a local bar after drinking too much. That could mean, then, that the allegedly intoxicated driver isn't the only party that needs to be held responsible.

Michael Allen Cummings, Elizabeth Cummings Motorcycle Accident Fort Worth, TX

Something that I find authorities don't give enough attention to is dram shop law. Essentially, the law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. After all, if a business breaks the law and contributes to a deadly wreck, why should they be allowed to get away with it? Dram shop gives victims and families the tools to both hold them accountable while also getting some much needed help.

Again, I can't say if any of that happened here. But with a crash this devastating, making sure all responsible parties face the appropriate consequences should always be a priority. If those consequences can also get a grieving family some much needed help, that only makes it more worth the effort of further investigations.

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