Pedestrian Killed in Accident on Ridgeview Drive in Allen, TX
Allen, TX -- April 11, 2022, one person was killed due to an accident where a vehicle hit the pedestrian along Ridgeview Drive.
Preliminary reports indicated that the crash took place just before 10:00 p.m. along Ridgeview Drive and Bending Branch Way.
According to officials, a 68-year-old man was walking and reportedly crossed without a crosswalk. Doing so, a vehicle struck the man, resulting in fatal injuries.
In their reports, investigators listed a .16 BAC report. This and other factors are unclear at this time.
Commentary on Pedestrian Accident on Ridgeview Drive in Allen
It's not my place to confirm or deny any of the information here, but one thing stands out to me in particular. Police say alcohol may have been a factor here, and that can actually make things rather complex. This is due to dram shop law. I'll explain what I mean through an example from a case I handled not long ago.
In that particular case, a man struck and killed by a car on the freeway turned out to be intoxicated at the time of the accident. Through our investigations, we found evidence showing that the local bowling alley he'd been at prior to the accident illegally over-served him. He became so dangerously intoxicated that he got lost on his way home, causing him to walk into traffic on accident and ultimately resulting in his death.
According to dram shop law, that business would be liable for the accident because their illegal over-service of alcohol contributed to the victim's intoxication, and the victim's intoxication caused the accident. That's something investigators need to look into anytime an alcohol-related accident occurs, yet authorities rarely ever do so on their own. It usually takes more thorough independent investigations to get folks the answers they need. That's why I can't help wondering if those steps were ever taken here, even if it's just to rule out those possibilities.