Patricia Mims Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on Holmes Rd in Houston, TX
Houston, TX -- March 5, 2022, 69-year-old Patricia Mims was killed in a single-vehicle accident on Holmes Road in Harris County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 9:00 p.m. on Holmes near Cullen Boulevard. Preliminary investigation suggests Mims was driving a Mini Cooper west in the 4600 block of Holmes when she failed to maintain her lane at alleged unsafe speeds. The car sideswiped a tree off the north side of the road, then overturned and rolled. It came to rest on its side north of the roadway.
Mims was ejected during the rollover and suffered fatal injuries. Toxicology tests later indicate she had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .248 at the time of the accident.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Patricia Mims Accident on Holmes Rd in Houston
Tests seem to have confirmed that the victim in this accident was under the influence of alcohol at the time. Some may think there's little else to say about that because her tragic passing means she's beyond the reach of any legal consequences, but they may not be aware that another party--one that too often gets away with its role in alcohol-related accidents--could be held accountable as well for the damage done.
Under Texas dram shop law an alcohol provider that sells or serves drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer does so illegally. When that happens and the customer causes or suffers injuries while under the influence, dram shop law may hold the negligent business (a bar, restaurant, club, store, etc) that over-served them responsible for the injuries they receive--most often in DWI crashes like the one above is alleged to be.
Dram shop law is an important tool when helping victims of DWI wrecks and their loved ones seek help, both with the difficulties of getting back to normal and with holding the parties that harmed them properly accountable. Despite the importance of finding dram violations and stopping them, though, law enforcement rarely takes an active role in doing so. If such an issue is suspected--and they happen far more often than people might believe--victims and families are often best served by independent investigations rather than waiting on police to take action. With the evidence of over-service that an independent investigator uncovers, many folks are able to hold law-breaking businesses responsible for the terrible and irreversible damage they recklessly helped cause.