Patricia Rayburn Killed, Vincent Lancaster Injured in Car Accident on RM 1376 in Kendall County, TX
Kendall County, TX -- September 5, 2021, 62-year-old Patricia Rayburn was killed and 54-year-old Vincent Lancaster was injured in a crash on Ranch to Market Road 1376 in Kendall County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 5:25 p.m. on RM 1376 near mile marker 456. Preliminary investigation suggests Rayburn was driving a Porsche Boxster nort on the roadway at alleast high speeds when she lost control in a curve. The Porsche crossed over the center line into the southbound lanes and collided with Lancaster's Nissan XTerra SUV. After the impact both vehicles spun away in opposite directions and came to rest in ditches on either side of the road.
Rayburn received fatal injuries in the crash. Lancaster was airlifted from the scene to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
Toxicology reports later showed that Rayburn had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .28 at the time of the crash.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Vincent Lancaster, Patricia Rayburn Accident on RM 1376 in Kendall County
People are often surprised to learn that many DWI wrecks actually involve a third party--an accomplice of sorts--that may share legal responsibility for them. Unfortunately because this party's contribution goes unrecognized much of the time, it often manages to get off scot-free despite being a major component of drunk driving. Whom do I mean? Any business that provided the suspect with an excess of alcohol.
Texas dram shop law says that alcohol suppliers (bars, restaurants, liquor and grocery stores, gas stations, etc) may not serve or sell alcohol to an obviously intoxicated customer. When they ignore the law and do so people end up far too drunk to properly operate their vehicles and injury or even death often follows. Nevertheless, many businesses keep pouring as long as the money holds out and then turn their impaired clientele loose on the streets without a second thought.
By the time someone approaches a .30 BAC, there is virtually no chance that physical signs of intoxication could be missed even by poorly-trained servers or store clerks. Compromised coordination, impaired comprehension, euphoria, speech impediment, balance problems, and significant lapses in judgment would have begun long before that point, and .30 is considered the normal threshold for blackout unconsciousness.
I don't say any of that in judgment of the alleged DWI driver in Kendall County, but rather to point out that if she did her drinking at a business then they almost certainly failed in their legal duty to cut her off once they could tell she was past her tolerances. If that's true then that business may owe the people affected by this crash--both the man who was injured and the family of the woman killed--a duty to help them get back on their feet. The possibility bears looking into just about any time intoxication could be tied to serious injuries, which no one could deny this accident caused.
Bad bars make dangerous drivers, who in turn make the roads worse for everyone. If they fail in their duty to public safety, they should help the injured victims of that negligence get back on their feet.