• February 04, 2022

Marguerite Elizabeth Haley Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident in Gillespie County, TX

Gillespie County, TX -- January 7, 2022, Marguerite Elizabeth Haley was injured due to an accident where her vehicle crashed off-road.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 12:30 a.m. along Highway 16 in the area of Knopp School Road.

According to reports, officials said that 62-year-old Marguerite Elizabeth Haley was in a Ford F-350 traveling northbound along Highway 16. While rounding a curve, the truck ran off-road where it then crashed into a tree and overturned.

Investigators say Haley sustained incapacitating injuries. Right now, police allege that Haley was under the influence of alcohol at the time. Additional details are unavailable.

Commentary on Marguerite Elizabeth Haley Single-Vehicle Accident in Gillespie County

Just to be clear, I'm not here to besmirch anyone's name. For all I know, alcohol wasn't actually a factor here, and there are extenuating circumstances to consider. But if alcohol was a factor, there could still be important issues the authorities overlooked which those involved in the crash need to know. Specifically, a lot of crashes like this involve local alcohol providers who contributed to and possibly bear responsibility for the crash. This is due to dram shop law.

Marguerite Elizabeth Haley Single-Vehicle Accident Gillespie County, TX

Basically, the law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. If a bar recklessly over-serves someone to the point they get themselves hurt, dram shop doesn't suddenly excuse someone for driving while intoxicated. It does, however, recognize that the bar played a role in their injuries and therefore needs to bear the burden for their actions. Maybe nothing like that happened here, but if only to get someone some much needed help, it's important to make sure investigators are looking into these possibilities.

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