• April 29, 2022

Shannon Gilbert, Another Injured when SUV Hits Apartment on 19th Street in Waco, TX

UPDATE (May 23, 2022): Reports have identified the woman injured when an SUV crashed into her apartment as 56-year-old Shannon Gilbert.

Waco, TX -- April 27, 2022, a Waco woman was injured when an SUV crashed into the bedroom of her apartment off North 19th Street in Waco.

Authorities say the incident happened around 8:35 p.m. at the Highlander Apartments complex on the 4000 block of 19th Street near Stewart Drive. Police dispatched to the scene found a Chevy Suburban had crashed through the wall of an apartment and into the victim's bedroom.

The victim was in bed at the time the SUV entered her home and reportedly suffered minor injuries. The driver allegedly suffered serious injuries. Both parties were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made at this time.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Shannon Gilbert Accident on 19th Street in Waco

UPDATE (May 18, 2022): Later reports about this accident note that police found several alcohol containers inside the suspect's vehicle at the scene. That could be purely coincidental and have nothing to do with the crash, but given investigators also noted a potential charge of intoxication assault I would say they're looking into alcohol's involvement pretty carefully.

If blood tests confirm their suspicions and alcohol was a factor, then as I mentioned before it would be best to find out where and under what circumstances that alcohol was consumed. Depending on what's learned, a local business might have a share of the responsibility for the damage done thanks to dram shop law. Not every DWI accident starts with a dram violation and nothing says one occurred here, but considering it could help get the injured victims some much-needed assistance that possibility should at least be looked into. Police don't have a great track record of chasing down dram offenders, though, so I often suggest the people hurt in these accidents (including the alleged DWI drivers themselves) seek independent help to find the evidence they need.

Shannon Gilbert, Another Injured when SUV Hits Apartment on 19th Street in Waco, TX

ORIGINAL: Authorities don't yet know how this incident happened, but while they work to figure it out people may be ready with some theories of their own. For example, some may say that when a car hits a stationary object--particularly a large and unmistakable one like a building--that it's likely impairment was a factor.

That possibility can't be discounted without proper investigation, and if conclusive evidence is found that alcohol played a part that might add some complexities to the wreck. Investigators would then need to find the alcohol's source in case a local business violated dram shop law. In such events that business might then be liable for the injuries suffered by their over-intoxicated customer and anyone they hurt while under the influence.

Having said that, however, it's important to add that nobody has even mentioned alcohol so far. I read the same reports as everyone else and I'm not claiming to know more or better than police. I mention dram shop law because it could have helped many victims and families who never knew they had rights after an accident like this, but it may not even apply here. Investigators still need to look into many other possible factors like road conditions, vehicle failures, and sudden medical episodes affecting the driver, just to name a few. The most important thing is to find clear answers about how and why the wreck occurred. If any other action is warranted above and beyond finding those answers, that may depend on exactly what is learned.


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