Naseera Sadiqa Injured in Car Accident on Matlock Rd in Arlington, TX
Arlington, TX -- April 19, 2022, 41-year-old Naseera Sadiqa was seriously injured in an auto accident on Matlock Road in Arlington.
Authorities say the incident happened around 3:50 p.m. on Matlock at Bardin Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Sadiqa was driving a Kia Telluride SUV north on Matlock in the right lane when she stopped for a red light at Bardin Road. She proceeded when the light turned green; as the Kia entered the intersection a southbound Ford Fusion driven by 35-year-old Tavaris Ware also entered and started a left turn. The turning Ford crashed into the left side of the Kia.
Sadiqa received serious injuries in the collision. A child in the Kia and Tavaris Ware were both unhurt.
Investigators suspected Ware was intoxicated at the time of the crash and drew blood samples for testing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Naseera Sadiqa Accident on Matlock Rd in Arlington
UPDATE (May 11, 2022): Later reports indicate the suspect had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .22 at the time of the crash. I don't say that in judgment or to gossip about the wreck, but confirmation that he was significantly over the legal limit may change how the wreck's aftermath should be approached.
As I mentioned previously, alcohol-related crashes sometimes involve holding the businesses that over-serve it responsible for the damage their intoxicated patrons cause or suffer. Under dram shop law such a business may have a legal duty to make what amends it can to the victim after the Arlington collision.
Unfortunately, bad bars and their dram violations generally get little attention from police. If something like that is suspected then it's usually best for victims to get help from independent investigators who know how to get the necessary proof. Armed with receipts, witness statements, video footage, and other evidence, many people hurt by reckless over-service have held bad businesses accountable for breaking the law and contributing to their injuries.
ORIGINAL: Police suspect alcohol was a factor in this crash. If blood tests prove them right then the suspect may face some legal consequences for his choices, but it's not my place to speculate about those. He'll likely have his day in court to settle up with the state.
Instead of talking about that, I want to address a different part of alcohol-related crashes that could help the injured victim. When determining who's responsible for a victim's damages, Texas law looks beyond DWI drivers to where and how they drank. Depending on what they learn about that a local business may have violated Texas dram shop law, which would have consequences of its own.
In a nutshell, dram shop law prohibits licensed alcohol vendors (bars, restaurants, liquor and convenience stores, etc) from selling or serving alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers. That reckless over-service endangers their customers and the general public, often leading to wrecks like the one in Arlington. Dram shop law punishes law-breaking businesses for ignoring their obligations to public safety. In addition, it grants injured victims the right to confront negligent bars in court and hold them responsible for the role they played.
Right now it's not even a certainty that alcohol was involved in this crash, so even though I'm explaining a few things about dram shop law I'm not claiming to know for sure they apply here. I only know from years of experience that it could have helped many people who never knew about it at all, so I talk about it after accidents where it might be a concern. If a local business violated its legal duties and someone suffered as a result, that business should be held properly accountable and make whatever amends it can.