Linda Baldwin Injured in Alleged Hit-and-Run in Harris County, TX
Harris County, TX -- April 15, 2022, Linda Baldwin was injured by an alleged hit-and-run driver in a Harris County accident.
Sources released few specifics about the accident in question. All they say at this time is that driver Trey Greer allegedly failed to stop at the scene or contact emergency services after causing an accident which caused bodily injury to Linda Baldwin. Trey Greer was later apprehended and charged with Failure to Stop and Render Aid.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Linda Baldwin Alleged Hit-and-Run in Harris County
A common mistake I see after these incidents is the idea that what we see in reports is really all there is to know. Authorities say the suspect fled the scene after hurting the victim and he now faces charges, so what more could there be to say?
For starters, there's the urgent question of why he left. Very few hit-and-run drivers actually flee out of real malice, but rather because they either panic after the fact or they want to hide something else they fear will be discovered during the investigation. Depending on why the suspect took off, there may unique legal avenues to help the victim get back on her feet. I think most would agree it's best to make sure she receives all the help she deserves.
So what do I mean by "they want to hide something?" Well, for one, the possibility that a hit-and-run suspect was intoxicated at the time usually warrants careful investigation. Many drivers take off because their judgment is heavily compromised by alcohol, which is more important to know than some might think. If that turns out to be a factor in the above accident, for example, that could mean a local alcohol provider is partly responsible for the victim's injuries under dram shop law. In that case the business might owe the victim a duty to help her get back on her feet.
I'm not saying for certain that a dram shop violation happened here, but did the authorities even look into it? I hate to say it, but probably not. Law enforcement doesn't spend much time tracking down negligent over-service from bars and other vendors, content instead just to punish its dangerous byproducts. That's why dram shop matters are most often dealt with by independent investigators. Their careful attention to detail may not find evidence of over-service, but they could also be a step toward getting the victim the help she deserves.