Christi Lee Injured in Car Accident on Main Street in Crowley, TX
Crowley, TX -- March 27, 2022, 50-year-old Christi Lee was seriously injured in a traffic accident on Main Street in Tarrant County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 8:50 p.m. on the 1800 block of Main Street at Heritage Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests Lee was driving a Kia Soul and was leaving a local Walmart to head west on Main. Nearby, a 32-year-old man was driving a BMW sedan east on Main and reportedly crossed through the center turn lane into the westbound lane, headed the wrong direction.
Lee reportedly veered left trying to escape the oncoming driver but the two vehicles' front right quarters collided.
Lee suffered serious injuries in the collision. The BMW driver was unhurt. Police performed field sobriety tests on him at the scene and then reportedly arrested him on a potential DWI charge. Blood samples were collected for further testing.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Christi Lee Accident on Main St in Crowley
It looks like police think alcohol consumption was a part of this crash. Just because they suspect it doesn't necessarily make it true, of course, but if they find evidence (like blood test results) that intoxication really played a major part in what happened then the person hurt in that crash should be aware of Texas dram shop law.
Essentially dram shop law says that a licensed alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages that person causes while intoxicated. That means bars, restaurants, liquor stores, and other establishments can be held legally accountable when they keep selling drinks to customers who then get in accidents like the one in Crowley. Not only does dram shop law help victims get back on their feet after such harmful experiences, it's also a way to punish negligent alcohol providers and keep them from putting communities in further danger.
Here's the difficult part: Despite how useful many people have found dram shop law to be, police rarely look into whether a bar or other business violated it. If that's suspected injured victims are typically better off with an independent investigation. With the right help victims can obtain receipts, witness statements, video footage, and other evidence that proves a bar's staff negligently over-served someone that hurt them while under the influence. It's only right that a business that causes such damage be held properly accountable. If the victim can get some help getting back on her feet in the process, that's even better.