• January 27, 2022

Eric Burnham, Cheyenne Burnham, William Hazelton Injured in Car Accident in Wise County, TX

Wise County, TX -- January 8, 2022, Eric Burnham, Cheyenne Burnham, and William Hazelton were injured due to an accident where their vehicles collided.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 3:40 p.m. along Highway 114 at County Road 4599.

In their reports, officials said that 29-year-old Eric Burnham and 29-year-old Cheyenne Burnham were in a Dodge Ram traveling eastbound along the highway. At CR-4599, police say that a northbound Chevy van failed to yield, causing the vehicles to collide.

The Burnhams had reportedly non-incapacitating injuries while the van driver, identified as 72-year-old William Hazelton, had reportedly incapacitating injuries. Police said that Hazelton may have been drinking, but this remains unconfirmed.

Commentary on Eric Burnham, Cheyenne Burnham, William Hazelton Car Accident in Wise County

It's always serious anytime authorities bring up alcohol, though it's important to keep in mind that this remains unconfirmed right now. Folks shouldn't jump to conclusions before there is clear evidence of what happened. That said, if alcohol was a factor here, understanding what that can mean for victims and families is crucial. That may not sound to complex to some. The driver gets charged, and that's that, right? Well, there could also be a local business responsible for what happened, as well.

Eric Burnham, Cheyenne Burnham, William Hazelton Car Accident Wise County, TX

When someone's intoxication leads to an accident, investigators need to find out where they got their alcohol. Texas dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Just as drunk drivers can be on the hook for recklessly driving drunk, so, too, can the negligent alcohol providers face consequences for breaking the law and putting the community at risk. It just so happens dram shop can see these consequences done while also giving folks an opportunity to get some much needed help.

Again, that may not have anything to do with this wreck, but it's at least a strong possibility given authorities suspecting alcohol being a factor here. If nothing else, shedding light on areas of the law people can use to get the help they need is an important step on its own. Making sure investigators are looking into these possibilities will be important going forward.

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