Christin Proctor Injured in Car Accident on Cypress Creek Pkwy in Harris County, TX
Harris County, TX -- March 28, 2022, 43-year-old Christin Proctor was seriously injured in a car accident on Cypress Creek Parkway in Harris County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 10:05 p.m. on Cypress Creek at Fritz Oaks Place. Preliminary investigation suggests Proctor was driving a Nissan Altima west in lane 4 of the roadway as a Dodge Avenger headed west one lane to the left. According to reports Proctor attempted a lane change when unsafe and the Nissan hit the Dodge in Lane 3 at the Fritz Oaks intersection. The Nissan then rebounded and ran up the road's north curb, hitting a pole and coming to rest.
Proctor suffered serious injuries in the accident. The Dodge driver sustained possible injuries.
Investigators believed Proctor was under the influence of alcohol and drew blood for testing.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Christin Proctor Accident on Cypress Creek Pkwy in Harris County
Police think the injured driver in this crash was intoxicated. They collected blood samples to find out for sure, but unless those results come back positive it's important not to automatically assume that must be the case. It's easy for some to take preliminary reports at face value or fixate on whatever theories they contain, but a full and proper investigation will look into other possibilities while the tests are run. A crash like this could have been caused by lots of other things--momentary distraction or inattention, slick or hazardous roads, other vehicles, or a tire blowout just to name a few. I'm not saying any of those have to be involved, just that it's important not to get tunnel vision about impairment just because it was suggested.
For the sake of argument, maybe tests will show the driver was intoxicated. That doesn't mean it's time to throw the book at her or for anyone to sermonize about drunk driving. It's a lot more useful to look at ways to help people injured in crashes like this--including the alleged DWI drivers--recover and resume their lives. One way to do that is through Texas dram shop law.
In a nutshell, dram shop law prohibits licensed alcohol vendors like bars, restaurants, and various stores from selling or serving drinks to obviously intoxicated customers. If a business ignores the signs that their customer has had enough and keeps serving her then it does so in violation of dram shop law. When that happens the business may be legally responsible for any damage the customer causes or suffers while under the influence. Dram shop law is one of the best avenues available to injured victims to be sure not only that they get much-needed help, but also that a bar is made sorry for its reckless ways.
With all that said, I repeat that intoxication is only a theory at this time. Sometimes police find compelling reasons to believe that, but other times they're just spitballing based on how they think a crash went down. Blood tests will help clear up which one is the case here, but in the meantime it's important to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. If the facts point to impairment then there may be further considerations, but right now it's best to focus on how else the victim can be helped in a tough time.