Teen Driver Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on Dashwood Dr in Houston, TX
Houston, TX -- October 4, 2021, a 17-year-old driver was killed in a single-vehicle accident allegedly caused by alcohol on Dashwood Drive in Houston.
Authorities say the incident happened around 3:05 a.m. on Dashwood near Ashcroft Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving a Cadillac CTS west on the roadway when he reportedly failed to maintain a single lane. The Cadillac's front tire entered a road side ditch and the car overturned. It rolled over around 3 times before coming to rest.
The vehicle's teenage driver suffered fatal injuries in the accident. Toxicology tests later indicated he had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .204 at the time.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Fatal Car Accident on Dashwood Drive in Houston
Police seem to have confirmed that the victim of this accident was intoxicated at the time. Some may feel there's little else to say about that since he can face no legal consequences due to his tragic passing, but after many alcohol-related crashes another party may deserve to be held accountable for the part it played.
When determining who's responsible for such accidents, Texas and many other states look beyond DWI drivers themselves to the businesses that sold or served them drinks. If investigations show that a licensed alcohol vendor over-served the Houston victim prior to the accident that took his life, not only should it be held accountable for selling or serving alcohol to an underage party but also there may be further considerations under dram shop law.
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 herself or someone else, the alcohol provider may be liable for the part it played in those injuries. That trouble would be added to any hot water they might be in for serving an underage person in the first place.
Not every DWI crash has a dram shop violation before it. While blood tests seem to have confirmed alcohol use, no one has said where it came from and I'm making no accusations. I just think that while investigators are looking for answers that's another important one to find. If nothing else, there are people deeply affected by this accident who deserve to know the truth of how it happened. If that story ultimately includes a local business looking the other way when a teen purchased alcohol then it must be confronted and held accountable.