Barbara Pryor, Chalunda Moore, Chrystal Morgan, 3 Injured in Rollover Accident in Panola County, TX
Panola County, TX -- January 7, 2022, Barbara Pryor, Chalunda Moore, Chrystal Morgan, and three others were injured after an alleged drunk driving accident.
Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 10:13 p.m. along US Highway 79 at County Road 322.
Investigators said that 30-year-old Chrystal Morgan was in a Mini Cooper traveling northbound on CR-322. At US 79, authorities allege that Morgan disregarded a stop sign and crashed with a westbound Ford Fusion driven by Chalunda Moore.
As a result of the crash, Morgan and a passenger in the Ford, Barbara Pryor, had incapacitating injuries. Moore and three minors in the Ford had non-incapacitating injuries. Right now, authorities allege that Morgan had been drinking. Additional details are unavailable.
Commentary on Barbara Pryor, Chalunda Moore, Chrystal Morgan Rollover Accident in Panola County
If the allegations here are true, then it's important to consider what that would mean for the victims here. Alcohol can present complex legal avenues that, unfortunately, the authorities don't often pay much attention to. This has to do with the fact that alcohol providers can be liable for drunk driving wrecks.
This is called dram shop law. Basically, the law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Giving victims and families the tools to confront these businesses means they can get much needed help while also taking steps to make sure a negligent company putting the community at risk cleans up its act.
Right now, I wouldn't be able to say if dram shop would be a factor. That would require more thorough investigations. My concern is that unless the victims and families take steps to seek out independent professionals who understand these possibilities, important details could slip through the cracks. Are steps being taken here to ensure these folks have the opportunity to get the help they deserve?