Gary Hensley II, Johnhenry Ibegbulem Injured in Arlington, TX Car Accident
UPDATE (May 11, 2022): The two men injured in this accident have been identified as Chrysler driver Gary Hensley II and Honda driver Johnhenry Ibegbulem.
Arlington, TX -- March 29, 2022, a 41-year-old man was seriously injured in a car accident on Cooper Street in Tarrant County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 8:40 p.m. on Cooper Street at Pioneer Parkway in Arlington. Preliminary investigation suggests a Honda Odyssey minivan was headed south on Cooper in the third lane, approaching the intersection with Pioneer Parkway. Nearby, the victim was driving a Chrysler 200 east on Pioneer approaching the same crossing. Police were unable to verify for certain which vehicle ran a red light at the intersection as each driver claimed the other did, but the vehicles collided in the crossing.
The Chrysler driver, believed to have been intoxicated at the time, suffered serious injuries in the crash. The Honda driver reportedly received minor injuries.
Investigators collected blood samples from the Chrysler driver for toxicological testing.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Gary Hensley II, Johnhenry Ibegbulem Accident in Arlington
Police think the injured driver in this crash was intoxicated. They collected blood samples to find out for sure, but it's important not to make assumptions before the results come back. 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 still doesn't mean everything is wrapped up, since it's best to look at ways to help injured victims--including the alleged DWI drivers--after crashes like this. 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 him 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 guessing based on what they find at the scene. Blood tests will help clear things up 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 victims can be helped in a difficult time.