Driver Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on Highway 86 in Swisher County, TX
Swisher County, TX -- April 17, 2022, an 18-year-old driver was injured in a single-vehicle accident on State Highway 86 in Swisher County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 2:20 a.m. on Highway 86 near County Road 7. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford F-250 pickup truck was westbound on the highway when the driver lost control. The truck ran off the road and through the south barrow ditch, then crashed through a private drive and a property fence. It then hit a tree on the property and came to rest.
The driver suffered serious injuries in the crash. When interviewed he allegedly told officers he'd had a small amount of alcohol prior to driving.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Single-Vehicle Accident on TX-86 in Swisher County
Reports say the driver admitted only to having a small amount of alcohol. I have no specific reason to doubt that, but I wonder if police will follow up by checking his treatment records to see what his blood tests look like. Alcohol is only one possible explanation of many for how his vehicle swerved off the road, but it's troubling that an underage party consumed any amount of it in the first place.
Because of the time of the crash and the fact that the driver wasn't 21 but somehow obtained alcohol, hopefully police will take that seriously and look for the source of the drinks. Maybe he just had a beer at home or something, but it's possible he was sold drinks directly by a business and in that case action may need to be taken. Selling alcohol to an underage party is against the law and a violation of licensed business practices. Moreover, if alcohol consumption caused the vehicle to crash then any business who sold it might be responsible for the driver's injuries under Texas dram shop law.
So was alcohol a factor in the accident, or was it really just a coincidence the driver had a little of it and something else caused the truck to run off the road? There are still many unanswered questions here, so I hope police make the effort to learn the whole truth.