• January 31, 2022

Jonathan Bascon, Nordita Bascon Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident in Odessa, TX

Odessa, TX -- December 19, 2021, Jonathan Bascon and Nordita Bascon were injured due to an accident where their vehicle crashed.

Initial reports indicated that the crash happened at around 1:44 a.m. along Highway 191 near Spur 588/Faudree Road.

According to authorities, 39-year-old Jonathan Bascon and 36-year-old Nordita Bascon were in a Ford Edge traveling westbound along the highway. The vehicle ran off the side of the road and crashed into a light pole.

Both Jonathan and Nordita Bascon had reportedly incapacitating injuries. Police allege that Jonathan Bascon was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Jonathan Bascon, Nordita Bascon Single-Vehicle Accident in Odessa

After any crash that involves alcohol, folks are quick to write things off as nothing more than someone being reckless. I'm certainly not here to excuse drunk driving, but I'm also not here to throw stones. Put simply, Texas law is nuanced enough that even people involved in crashes like the one described here may have an opportunity to get the help they need even if they may have their own mistakes to answer for.

Jonathan Bascon, Nordita Bascon Single-Vehicle Accident Odessa, TX

Basically, Texas has what's called dram shop law. It says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. A key benefit of dram shop law is simply making sure negligent alcohol providers are held accountable for putting the community in danger and contributing to a serious accident. Beyond that, however, it's also a tool to get people much needed help that may no have otherwise been available to them.

To be clear, I can't say if anything like that happened here, and I certainly wouldn't confirm any allegations without clear evidence. My point is simply that crashes like this one are not always as open-and-shut as people may think. Looking into the possible ways to get folks the help they deserve should always be a priority.

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