• April 14, 2022

One Injured in Car, House Fire Accident in Bells, TX

Bells, TX -- April 13, 2022, at least one person was injured as the result of an accident where a vehicle crashed into a house, causing a fire.

Investigators reported that the incident happened at around 3:30 a.m. in Bells. Witness statements indicated that a 17-year-old was driving a vehicle that somehow went off-road and crashed into an abandoned house. This caused the house to catch fire.

Neighbors at the scene say they helped the driver and a passenger out of the vehicle, and they left the scene. Police, however, say the driver has been charged for DWI and accident involving serious bodily injury. It's unclear at this time who was injured due to the accident.

Investigations are ongoing.

Commentary on Car, House Fire Accident in Bells

There isn't much information about what all happened here, but any crash allegedly involving a drunk 17-year-old is obviously concerning. While there are many ways kids can get their hands on alcohol, the possibility someone gave them that alcohol is not one to be ignored. There are a few reasons for that. As most would know, that person or business could face serious criminal consequences for serving a minor. Beyond that, however, they could also be responsible for the resulting injuries.

One Injured in Car, House Fire Accident in Bells, TX

Texas dram shop law says that someone who provides alcohol to a minor can be liable if that alcohol contributes to someone's injuries. Adults and most certainly licensed businesses know how dangerous alcohol can be. Giving that alcohol to a kid is just beyond what we as a community know is reasonable, which is why the law allows those parties to be held accountable for contributing to serious accidents. So, are authorities being as thorough finding out where the alcohol came from as they were in charging the teen driver?

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