Elaine Baker Injured in Alleged Drunk Driving Accident in Austin, TX
Austin, TX -- December 25, 2021, Elain Baker sustained injuries due to an accident which authorities say involved an allegedly drunk driver.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 8:44 a.m. along North Lamar Boulevard just off Braker Lane.
According to officials, 66-year-old Elaine Baker was in a Fiat 500 traveling southbound on Lamar. Somehow, an oncoming vehicle went into the southbound lane and hit Baker's vehicle head-on.
Baker sustained incapacitating injuries in the collision. No other injuries were reported. Police say that the other driver had a .14 BAC following the crash. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Elaine Baker Alleged Drunk Driving Accident in Austin
While authorities didn't release too much information about all of this, any crash involving alcohol is very concerning. Quite frankly, that's not all that common at 8:45 a.m. Christmas morning. One reason that is particularly concerning to me has to do with dram shop law. To sum up all the legalese, the law basically says that bars can be liable for contributing to crashes like this if they over-served the intoxicated driver who caused the crash. So why is that particularly concerning here?
Well, most drunk driving wrecks happen late at night or the few hours after midnight around when bars close and send everyone home. Approaching daylight, the concern starts to become that if that person was last drinking at a local establishment (rather than at a residence, for example), it's possible that business over-served them so much that hours after last call they were still dangerously intoxicated. That would almost guarantee that establishment broke the law and contributed to the resulting crash.
To be clear, I can't say if anything like that happened here. There's certainly no indication that authorities continued looking into things beyond the driver's reported BAC. Are steps being taken here to make sure all responsible parties are held accountable for their actions? If nothing else, considering avenues to get people some much needed help should be a high priority.