• January 28, 2022

Jon Creel Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on I-35 in Sanger, TX

Sanger, TX -- September 20, 2021, 34-year-old Jon Ivan Creel was killed in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 35 in Denton County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 10:40 p.m. on I-35 near mile marker 483. Preliminary investigation suggests Creel was driving a Honda Civic north on the roadway when he reportedly lost control in a right-hand curve. The Honda veered into the center median and Creel over-corrected, at which point the car entered a side-skid and crashed into the median cable barrier. It overturned and rolled several times before coming to rest in the southbound fast lane of the highway.

Creel was ejected during the vehicle's rollover and suffered fatal injuries. Toxicological tests later indicated he had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .252 at the time of the accident.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Jon Creel Accident on I-35 in Sanger

Police seem to have confirmed that the driver in this crash was intoxicated at the time. Some may feel there's little else to say about that since his tragic passing means he's beyond the reach of any legal consequences, but they may not realize that after some alcohol-related crashes there is another party that should face further scrutiny.

Texas and many other states broaden the scope of responsibility for DWI accidents beyond just the drivers themselves to sometimes include the establishments that sold or served them drinks. If investigations show that a licensed alcohol vendor over-served the victim prior to the accident that took his life, there may be further considerations beyond the obvious.

Jon Creel Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on I-35 in Sanger, TX

When alcohol providers keep serving an obviously intoxicated customer and that customer's impairment then leads to injuries--most commonly in a DWI accident--those businesses may be liable for those injuries under dram shop law. The law would consider that business responsible for the role it played in the harm done and it would then be expected to make whatever amends it could to the people hurt by its reckless over-service.

Dram shop is a valuable but under-utilized tool to help victims and families get back on their feet after DWI accidents. Will the authorities overlook the possibility of a dram shop violation as they so often do, or are steps actually being taken to make sure the driver's family gets the help they need and deserve?

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