Shannon Stryk Injured in Alleged Hit-and-Run in Harris County, TX
Harris County, TX -- April 15, 2022, Shannon Stryk was injured by an alleged hit-and-run driver in a Harris County accident.
Reprots say the incident happened around 6:10 a.m. on Farm to Market Road 2920 near Meadowhill Drive. Preliminary reports suggests Stryk was driving a Chevy Silverado east on FM 2920 when she stopped for a red light at Meadowhill. Behind her 25-year-old Josue Lopez-Ramirez was driving a Mazda SUV east and failed to control his speed, rear-ending the Chevy. After the impact the Mazda continued a short distance and crashed into a ditch.
Shannon Stryk suffered non-incapacitating injuries in the collision. Lopez-Ramirez fled the scene on foot but was later apprehended and charged with Failure to Stop and Render Aid.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Shannon Stryk Accident in Harris County
UPDATE (May 11, 2022): Later reports indicate the hit-and-run suspect had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .119 at the time of the crash. I don't say that in judgment or to gossip about him, but confirmation that he was over the legal limit may affect how this accident should be treated going forward.
As I mentioned previously, alcohol-related crashes sometimes involve holding the businesses that over-serve it responsible for the damage their intoxicated patrons cause or suffer. Under dram shop law such a business may have a legal duty to make what amends it can to the victim's loved ones after the crash on FM 2920.
Unfortunately, as I also said before bad bars and dram violations receive little attention from police. That's why if something like that is suspected then it's usually best for victims to seek help from independent investigators who know what proof to look for and how to get it. Armed with receipts, witness statements, video footage, and other evidence, many people hurt by reckless over-service have held bad businesses accountable for their part in the damage done.
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 after being caught, so what more could there be to say?
For starters, there's the urgent question of why he left. Investigators find time and time again that hit-and-run suspects flee either because they just panic or because 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 their feet. I think most would agree it's best to make sure they get all the help they deserve.
So what do I mean by "they want to hide something?" Well, one of the biggest reasons drivers flee accidents is because they're intoxicated at the time. It's a possibility that usually warrants careful investigation, as it's more important to know than some might think. If it 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 them get back on their 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 they deserve.