Patrice Lindsey Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on TX-358 in Corpus Christi, TX
Corpus Christi, TX -- March 13, 2021, 52-year-old Patrice Lindsey was injured in a single-vehicle accident on State Highway 358 in Nueces County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 12:10 a.m. on TX-358 near Carroll Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests Lindsey was driving a Dodge Nitro sedan east on the highway when she lost control and veered left. The car hit a concrete barrier, then rebounded and crossed through the travel lanes before hitting a barrier on the other side.
Lindsey suffered serious injuries in the accident. Investigators noted a belief that she was intoxicated by alcohol at the time and collected samples for testing.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Patrice Lindsey Accident on TX-358 in Corpus Christi/h2>
It's clearly a serious allegation that the driver might have been under the influence of alcohol at the wheel. I have no specific reason to doubt that, but it's also just a theory unless hospital records show otherwise and in the meantime it's best not to jump to any conclusions.
Even if intoxication is confirmed as a factor, I don't write this blog to wag a finger at those accused of driving drunk--especially not the ones who get hurt in crashes. Instead, I think it's important to explain why a wreck like this may be more complex than some folks realize.
People affected by an alcohol-related accident should ensure that all its important details are properly investigated. One such detail that too often goes overlooked is where the alcohol came from. Why is that important? Because of Texas dram shop law. In a nutshell, this law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries that person causes or suffers while under the influence.
Not only is this law crucial for DWI victims to know about, but it helps communities protect themselves from local businesses that ignore the law and turn over-intoxicated drivers loose on the roads. Those businesses must often be "convinced" to knock it off or they'll never stop endangering their customers and the public.
I'm not saying I know for certain that a dram shop violation occurred in Corpus Christi. Not every drunk driving offense also involves a law-breaking bar. I just see no reason investigators should overlook the possibility. If they don't have any interest in learning the alcohol's source and potentially stopping another crash later, it may take more thorough investigations from independent professionals to ensure all the facts come to light.