One Injured in Car Accident on South Bunert Street in Corsicana, TX
Corsicana, TX -- February 19, 2022, an 18-year-old woman was seriously injured in a car accident on Bunert Street in Navarro County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 2:00 a.m. along south Bunert at 6th Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests 18-year-old Alonzo Henry was driving an Acura TL sedan north along Bunert when it collided with a Chevy Tahoe, pushing it into the back of a Chevy Silverado. Both struck vehicles were legally parked and unoccupied at the time of the crash.
According to reports all the Acura's occupants fled after the crash but were later located. One of the passengers in the vehicle reportedly sustained serious injuries, while the other three including Alonzo Henry received possible injuries.
One or more of the vehicle's occupants told investigators that Henry had been drinking, which subsequently caused the accident.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Car Accident on S Bunert Street in Corsicana
Given the circumstances of this crash and the passengers' alleged admission of drinking, it's small wonder that alcohol is considered a possible factor. If proven that may mean some legal consequences for the driver, but it's not my place to speculate about what that might look like. However, it's possible that someone besides the driver should be also held accountable, and to that end it's important to learn where the allegedly-drunk driver got his alcohol.
It's a serious concern that someone might have knowingly and willingly provided alcohol to an underage person and a car accident followed. The provider could be an adult they know or--far more troubling--a local business that sold it to them.
What makes the latter situation unique is that such a business might be held legally accountable both for serving alcohol to a minor and for its role in the injuries caused by the accident. Texas dram shop law says that if a licensed alcohol vendor sells or serves drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer, and that customer then hurts himself or someone else, the alcohol provider may be liable for the part it played in those injuries.
If nothing else, there are people affected by this accident who deserve the full story of how it happened. If that story ultimately includes a local business looking the other way for some young adults purchasing alcohol--particularly if they were already under the influence--then it must be confronted and held accountable or it may cause similar damage in the future.