• March 23, 2022

Alexis Peace Harber Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on I-20 in Arlington, TX

Arlington, TX -- March 9, 2022, 29-year-old Alexis Peace Harber was killed in a single-vehicle accident along Interstate 20 in Arlington.

Authorities say the incident happened around 11:30 p.m. on the 2500 block of I-20 near State Highway 360. Preliminary investigation suggests Harber was driving a GMC Yukon east on the highway when she lost control for unknown reasons. The SUV veered right, crossed through the travel lanes, and hit the guardrail. It then crashed into a concrete bridge pillar.

Harber, the Yukon's sole occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Alexis Harber Accident on I-20 in Arlington

UPDATE (July 11, 2022): Later reports indicate the seriously-injured crash victim had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .261 at the time of the crash. I don't say that with any judgment, but confirmation that she was significantly over the legal limit for intoxication may mean there's more to investigate. For one thing, it's crucial to find out where those drinks came from.

Texas dram shop law holds businesses that over-serve alcohol responsible for the damage their intoxicated patrons cause or suffer. Not every DWI crash starts with a law-breaking bar, but finding out where and how the victim drank is an important and often-neglected step when helping people recover the best they can after these terrible incidents.

Unfortunately, tracing the alcohol to its source generally gets little attention from police. If a dram shop violation is suspected then it's usually best to seek help elsewhere from people who know how to get the necessary proof. Armed with receipts, witness statements, video footage, and other evidence, many victims and families hurt by reckless over-service have held bad businesses accountable for the damage they took part in causing.

Alexis Peace Harber Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on I-20 in Arlington, TX

ORIGINAL: Some folks may read the few details of this accident and decide for themselves without further evidence what happened. After a single-vehicle wreck people are sometimes content to blame one or more of the most common factors, like fatigue or operator distraction. Cynics might even mention impairment, though not a word was said about that in the limited information of news releases.

I'm not personally suggesting alcohol was involved in this wreck, but the statistics about late-night solo crashes also can't be dismissed without consideration. It's a common enough factor that police may at least take a look into the possibility, but no doubt it would only be one of many they should look at. There are also less-common but still important factors to consider like vehicular failures, blown tires, hazardous road or weather conditions, or even other drivers involved in the crash that left the area without stopping or rendering aid.

Until all the facts are obtained through a thorough reconstruction of the scene and seeking out any additional sources of information like local security camera footage or eyewitness accounts, it's important to be patient and not jump to conclusions. At the very least, the victim's loved ones deserve to know that all care was taken to discover the truth of what caused their tragic loss.

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