Madeline Evans Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on FM 1500 in Lamar County, TX
Lamar County, TX -- September 19, 2021, 19-year-old Madeline Evans was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on Farm to Market Road 1500 in Lamar County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 12:05 a.m. on FM 1500 near FM 1499. Preliminary investigation suggests Evans was driving a Honda Accord south on the roadway approaching other northbound vehicles. A witness told police he saw her swerve to the right to avoid the oncoming vehicles; the Honda left the roadway and entered the west ditch where it hit a culvert. It then went briefly airborne before landing on its left-front, then overturned and rolled several times. It came to rest upright on nearby private property.
Evans suffered serious injuries in the accident. Investigators reported she was found to be under the influence of alcohol.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Madeline Evans Accident on FM 1500 in Lamar County
The young driver in this crash seems to be suspected of impairment, but I'm not wagging any judgmental fingers at someone police are already working to hold accountable. However, it does bring up at least one further question: Where did her drinks come from? Unfortunately it's not that hard for underage parties to get their hands on alcohol, but there may be further considerations if it was sold directly to the victim by a local business.
Just about anyone would readily agree that a bar or store is likely to face trouble if it sells or serves alcohol to someone under the age of 21. Whether they can't spot a fake ID or they knowingly serve an underage person, they may face serious consequences for doing so. Moreover, if they over-serve that customer they may also be civilly liable for any injuries she causes or suffers while under the influence.
Texas dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be responsible for any injuries that intoxication leads to--even if the person injured is the customer herself. There's no specific indication that a particular business sold the victim her alcohol (as opposed to her drinking from a supply at home, for example), but the possibility deserves careful investigation.
Like anyone else I feel it's important that proper consequences follow after the incident in Lamar County. Some of those consequences must be directed toward the driver, but where many might stop there I maintain that everyone who had a hand in the crash should be held accountable. That's especially true if a local business broke the law multiple ways and endangered a community.