• May 04, 2022

Christopher Kresge Killed, Teen Injured in Crash on CR 426 in Cooke County, TX

Cooke County, TX -- January 30, 2022, 21-year-old Christopher Kresge was killed and a teen was injured in a crash on County Road 426 in Cooke County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 4:05 a.m. on CR 426 near Farm to Market Road 373. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford F-250 pickup was westbound on the roadway as Kresge was driving a Chevy Silverado east in the same area. According to reports both vehicles were driving partially over the center line when they met at the crest of a hill. Their front-left quarters collided, after which the Chevy ran off the road and caught fire.

Kresge suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The Ford's 17-year-old driver sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to an area hospital.

Investigators later determined through tests that the teen driver had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .152 at the time of the accident. Kresge was found to have a BAC of .18.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Christopher Kresge Accident on CR 426 in Cooke County

It's a pity to learn that both of the drivers involved here were allegedly drunk at the time, though when a wreck happens in the wee hours of the morning it's not terribly unusual. Some studies estimate between a quarter and a fifth of all drivers on the road during these hours, many of them unfortunately under the legal drinking age, are intoxicated.

In many cases those drivers are impaired because they recently left a local bar or nightclub where they were served far past their limits. Those instances make crashes more complex than ones where a person drinking at home just decided to take a joyride. In either situation the driver would likely face legal consequences for DWI (though one driver's tragic passing in Cooke County obviously means he's beyond the reach of the law), but people don't always realize that the businesses who over-served them may also be liable for the damage done.

Christopher Kresge Killed, Teen Injured in Crash on CR 426 in Cooke County, TX

Texas dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated customer may be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. The business could be anything from a bar to a club to a restaurant to a gas station, but if they provide more alcohol to someone clearly past his limits they put that person and the public in danger. It's only right that the law holds them accountable for that negligent decision. Dram shop claims help do that while also providing a way for injured victims and grieving families to confront those businesses in court.

Reports are rarely thorough enough to identify where someone's drinking took place, which means finding out usually falls to independent investigators instead of police. Further work could just find that no dram shop violations happened, but they could also find a local watering hole over-served one or both drivers. Obviously in the teen's case that would open up another can of worms for being underage, and any business willing to serve someone under 21 should receive consequences as soon as possible.

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