Melody Cade Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on Osage Dr in Leander, TX
Leander, TX -- March 28, 2022, 45-year-old Melody Cade was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on Osage Drive in Leander.
Authorities say the incident happened around 11:00 p.m. on Osage near Highland Trail. Preliminary investigation suggests Cade was driving a Jeep Wrangler west in the eastbound lanes of the roadway, against traffic, at a slow rate of speed. The Jeep left the roadway near the Highland Trail intersection, then traveled through a nearby yard and through a drainage ditch. It hit a dropoff in the ditch and came to rest.
Reports say Cade suffered serious injuries in the crash. Investigators noted a suspicion that she was intoxicated and collected blood samples for testing.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Melody Cade Accident on Osage Dr in Leander
If blood test results confirm that intoxication was a main factor here as authorities suspect, there may be extra considerations to the crash. Some may think I'm talking about ensuring the victim is charged appropriately, but that's not what I mean. The law understands that someone can make a mistake while still considering whether anyone else contributed to her injuries. In the case of alcohol-related accidents, that may mean that a local business should be held accountable for over-serving the driver before she crashed.
Under Texas dram shop law, alcohol providers (bars, restaurants, nightclubs, stores, etc) who sell or serve drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer may be liable for damages she causes--even to herself--while under the influence. This law helps people hurt in DWI crashes (including the drivers) seek much-needed help. Moreover, it makes sure bars and other vendors face proper consequences for reckless and illegal over-service. Not every DWI accident involves such a violation and most businesses follow the rules, but the ones who don't endanger their customers and the public. Since drunk drivers face harsh consequences, so should the businesses that got them that way in the first place.
So if it's such a serious issue, does that mean law enforcement will trace the alcohol back to its source? Sadly, I doubt it. Police rarely look into dram shop violations despite how important it is to put an end to them. To be sure that bad bars face consequences it's often best to work with independent investigators in search of the necessary proof to hold them accountable.
With all that said, though, impairment's only a theory right now. Investigators shouldn't fixate so much on it that they neglect other possibilities. The car could simply have lost control on a wet roadway, had a mechanical or brake failure, or blown a tire. The driver also could have experienced some kind of medical episode that took away her control, or another vehicle might have cut her off and made her veer off the road. The crash has plenty of other explanations that deserve proper consideration, and the victim deserves the benefit of the doubt unless evidence ultimately shows otherwise.