Houston Man Killed in Car Accident on South Road in Polk County, TX
Polk County, TX -- January 15, 2022, a man was killed due to an accident where an ATV lost control and crashed off the side of South Road.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 5:11 p.m. along South Road near Old Berring.
In their reports, authorities said that a 24-year-old Houston man and a 22-year-old man were in a Polaris ATV traveling northbound on South Road. The vehicle somehow lost control, ran off-road, and crashed into a line of trees.
Due to the crash, the Houston man sustained fatal injuries. The passenger was reportedly uninjured. Police said the driver had been drinking, but the crash is still under investigation.
Commentary on ATV Accident on South Road in Polk County
I certainly wouldn't encourage anyone to jump to conclusions, so even though alcohol is a serious factor to consider, folks should wait for all the facts to come to light. Part of that, however, must also include finding out where the alcohol came from if it indeed contributed to the crash. This is because some fatal accidents happen after establishments illegally over-serve people to the point they get themselves or others hurt. That can mean that the negligent establishment could be liable under dram shop law for their role in the accident. Again, maybe that isn't what happened here, but steps should always be taken to ensure the victim's loved ones are getting the full story.