• April 19, 2022

Tazaeveon Jackson, Passenger Injured in Car Accident on Frankston Highway in Tyler, TX

UPDATE (May 5, 2022): The driver injured in this crash has been identified as 19-year-old Tazaeveon Jackson. The identity of Jackson's injured passenger is still unkonwn.

Tyler, TX -- April 17, 2022, two people were injured in a crash after fleeing police pursuit along Frankston Highway in Tyler.

Authorities say the incident began around 10:00 p.m. when a local police officer attempted to stop the driver of a Ford Crown Victoria for potentially driving while intoxicated. Rather than stop the driver sped away, starting a pursuit that went from eastbound Front Street to Palace Avenue, which turns into Frankston Highway.

The pursuit concluded when the runaway driver attempted to run a red light at Walton Road and crashed into an eastbound Dodge Challenger. The Ford's driver and passenger were ejected when the car rolled after the impact.

Both the Ford's occupants were taken to a local hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The other vehicle's driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to another hospital.

Criminal charges are reportedly pending against the runaway driver.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Police Chase Crash on Frankston Hwy in Tyler

Given what early reports have to say about this incident some folks are probably ready to throw the book at the runaway driver without waiting for more information. I don't doubt what the news said about what happened, but it's still important to take those reports with a grain or two of salt until more facts are available. Even if there was a police chase involved, it's important to consider the broader context of the crash.

For instance, the news says police initially tried to pull the driver over due to suspicion he was intoxicated. If evidence confirms that, there may be further considerations beyond the obvious. Some may think the only consequence there would be relevant criminal charges for the driver, but after many alcohol-related wrecks there's actually another party--one who too often gets away--that should be held accountable.

Tazaeveon Jackson, Passenger Injured in Car Accident on Frankston Highway in Tyler, TX

People don't always know that bars and other licensed alcohol vendors are actually prohibited from selling or serving drinks to obviously intoxicated customers. That's not well-known in part because many people have seen a bar, restaurant, or nightclub do that very thing many times, but it also flies under the radar a lot because police and news sources rarely if ever talk about it. Ultimately that means plenty of people hurt in such wrecks (such as the innocent person hit in the intersection in Tyler and DWI vehicle's occupants) never have any idea they can confront the bar for its reckless over-service under dram shop law. It's a vital tool both for correcting bad bar behavior and for getting injured victims much-needed help getting back on their feet.

I'm not saying I know for a fact that alcohol was an issue here. It's just important before any conclusions are reached that police carefully investigate all the possible explanations for what occurred. If there are other steps to take, knowing that would largely depend on what is learned. Will authorities give the accident the thorough attention it deserves?

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