Barry Gordan, 2 Injured in Car Accident in Houston, TX
Houston, TX -- March 13, 2022, Barry Gordan and two others were injured due to an accident where their vehicles collided at an intersection.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 5:00 a.m. along Orem Drive at Almeda Road.
According to officials, 59-year-old Barry Gordan was in a BMW traveling southbound on Almeda. At Orem, a westbound Chevy Silverado reportedly disregarded a red light and hit Gordan's vehicle. This caused Gordan's vehicle to hit a vehicle stopped on eastbound Orem.
Both Gordan and the Chevy driver were said to have incapacitating injuries while the eastbound vehicle was possibly injured. The driver of the eastbound vehicle, identified as Tonya Scott, was possibly injured. Police say alcohol may have been a factor in the crash, but this remains unclear.
Commentary on Barry Gordan, Tonya Scott Car Accident in Houston
It obviously raises red flags anytime authorities bring up alcohol, though it's important to understand they often do so only for evidence to show there were other factors. Whether it was something common like texting and driving or something unusual like a mechanical defect, prudent investigators know to get as much evidence as possible and to let it speak for itself. But if alcohol was a factor here, getting the victims the help they need could involve a lot more complex issues than folks may realize.
This is due to Texas dram shop law. 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 some local bar out there is over-serving people to the point they're still too drunk to drive hours after last call, that's not the kind of business that should get to operate within our communities without facing some accountability for their actions. Again, maybe nothing like that happened here, but I know I would want to know investigators were being thorough if some local business contributed to the harm of one of my loved ones.