• April 14, 2022

Amaya Pruitt-Bell Killed, Keiry Beltran, Michael Chambers Injured in Car Accident on Forest Lane in Garland, TX

UPDATE (May 2, 2022): Sources have identified the victims involved in the deadly crash. They said the teenager killed in the crash was 18-year-old Amaya Pruitt-Bell. Those sources identified the two injured occupants as Keiry Beltran and Michael Chambers, reported to be 19 and 20, respectively. At this time, additional details about the crash are unavailable.

Garland, TX -- March 20, 2022, a teen was killed and two people were injured following an accident where their vehicle crashed off Forest Lane.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 2:00 a.m. in the area of Forest Lane and Forest Center Plaza.

According to officials, an 18-year-old girl was in a Chevy Malibu traveling eastbound along Forest Lane. The vehicle went off the side of the road while going around a slower vehicle. Following this, the vehicle went off-road and crashed into a tree.

The driver of the car sustained fatal injuries in the crash. Two passengers in the vehicle both reportedly had incapacitating injuries. Police said alcohol may have been a factor in the crash. This remains under investigation.

Commentary on Amaya Pruitt-Bell, Keiry Beltran, Michael Chambers Car Accident in Garland

It's serious anytime authorities bring up alcohol after a crash, but one involving a teen driver only makes that possibility more concerning. There's the inherent concerns of someone getting behind the wheel intoxicated, but steps must be taken to find out where the alcohol came from. Underage drinkers can get alcohol all kinds of ways, but it's particular troubling to think that a local business may have sold it to them. Not only could they be in trouble for serving minors, they could also be liable for contributing to the crash.

Amaya Pruitt-Bell, Keiry Beltran, Michael Chambers Car Accident Garland, TX

Other than consequences for selling alcohol to someone who's underage, alcohol providers can also be responsible for contributing to serious accidents. Dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. This is an important factor to consider for helping victims and families, but it's also a way to hold those negligent businesses accountable for their actions when they would likely otherwise get away scot-free. Especially with someone so young harmed here, it wouldn't be right to overlook such terrible possibilities.

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