Matthew Calhoun Killed, Teens Injured in Car Accident on North Fry Road in Houston, TX
UPDATE (May 4, 2022): Authorities released press reports which identified the man killed in the accident as Matthew Calhoun. Police continue to investigate intoxication as a possible factor in the crash.
Houston, TX -- May 2, 2022, one person was killed and three teens were hurt due to an accident where multiple cars collided along North Fry Road.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 9:30 p.m. along North Fry Road near the intersection of Park Row.
According to officials, a car, possibly driven by a 17-year-old, crashed into the side of a car pulling out of a McDonald's. After this, the second vehicle was hit by a third car.
Due to the collision, the driver of the second vehicle sustained fatal injuries. Three people from the first car, said to be juveniles, were taken to an area hospital with unspecified injuries.
At this time, authorities say they're looking into intoxication as a possible factor in the crash. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Matthew Calhoun Car Accident in Houston
Any late night crash out of Houston probably warrants a look into possible drunk driving. A crash taking someone's life only makes that more crucial. What makes things particularly concerning, however, is the possibility of a juvenile being intoxicated. Reports did not say which driver they suspect may have been intoxicated, but there can be unique avenues to consider depending on who it was. This is due to dram shop law, which can be crucial for victims and families to understand.
Put simply, dram shop law generally says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Where that changes is when the intoxicated person is a minor. In those situations, the law simply says that if someone gives alcohol to a minor, and that alcohol leads to an accident, they can be responsible for their role in that accident.
So, are authorities hard at work looking into those possibilities here? If nothing else, there are many families impacted by these awful events. They at least deserve to know they're getting the full story, but the possibility of someone giving alcohol to minors only makes things more crucial to look into.