• April 13, 2022

Two Teenagers Injured in Car Accident on US 385 in Ector County, TX

Ector County, TX -- March 18, 2022, two teenagers were injured due to an accident where two vehicles collided in the area of 87th Street.

Investigators reported that the crash took place just after midnight along US 385 at the intersection of 87th Street.

Authorities said that a Chevy Silverado was northbound on the service road. A Dodge Journey was eastbound on 87th stopped at a red light. The pickup reported failed to slow down and crashed into the side of the Dodge.

Due to the collision, a 17-year-old and a 14-year-old from the Dodge reportedly had incapacitating injuries. Authorities allege that the Chevy driver had been drinking. This and other details are unconfirmed at this time.

Commentary on Car Accident at US 385 & 87th in Ector County

If the allegations that alcohol contributed to this crash are true, then there may be more to this than just potential charges against the accused driver. Folks are often surprised to learn that alcohol providers can also be responsible for situations like this. This is due to dram shop law.

Ector County, TX Car Accident Injures Teens on US 385 at 87th

In Texas, dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. If someone's on their way home from a bar, and evidence shows that bar broke the law and over-served them, they need to face the appropriate consequences for putting the community in danger. That should be especially true when kids are hurt in part due to their actions. Is that something the authorities looked into here?

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