One Injured in Auto Accident at FM 2410 and I-14 in Harker Heights, TX
Harker Heights, TX -- March 23, 2022, a 23-year-old passenger was injured when three vehicles collided on Farm to Market Road 2410 in Harker Heights.
Authorities say the incident happened around 9:15 p.m. on FM 2410 at Interstate 14. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was riding in a northbound GMC Terrain SUV on FM 2410. The SUV started to pass through the I-14 intersection on a green light next to a Toyota Sienna van. On the other side of I-14 a southbound Chevy Silverado pickup on FM 2410 attempted to make a left turn at the intersection, failing to yield to the other two vehicles. The pickup crashed into the Toyota and the GMC in the crossroads.
The GMC passenger suffered serious injuries in the collision. Its driver received minor injuries. The drivers of the Chevy and the Toyota were unhurt.
Investigators believe the Chevy driver was intoxicated at the time of the crash and drew blood for testing.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Auto Accident on FM 2410 in Harker Heights
If blood tests confirm that alcohol consumption was involved here as police suspect, there may be further considerations to this crash--including whether a third party, one often overlooked after such accidents, should face consequences as well.
Texas dram shop law says alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages he causes or suffers while under the influence. This law helps injured victims seek much-needed help after a crash. Moreover, it makes sure businesses face consequences for endangering people with reckless over-service. Not every DWI accident involves a dram violation and most businesses follow the rules, but the ones who don't should be held accountable for what happens when they liquor up a customer and send them on their way.
With all that said, though, impairment is only a theory at this point even if police strongly suspect it. It still needs proof to be anything else, which is what those blood tests are all about. As police wait to see what the tests say they should still look into other possible explanations and not put all their eggs in one basket. The Chevy driver might simply have been distracted, for instance--still bad and deserving of consequences, but that wouldn't involve a dram shop violation. The pickup could also have had a brake or steering malfunction, just to name a couple of possible non-alcoholic reasons for the crash that should also be checked out.
If police prove intoxication was involved, though, does that mean they'll trace the alcohol back to its source in case a bar broke the law? Not likely. They rarely look for dram shop violations despite how important it is to put an end to them. It often takes independent investigation to ensure those businesses are held properly accountable and an injured victim gets the help they need.