• May 11, 2022

Colton Wilson Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on US-377 in Erath County, TX

Erath County, TX -- January 4, 2022, 21-year-old Colton Wilson was killed in a single-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 377 in Erath County.

Reports say the incident happened around 3:00 a.m. on US-377 near mile marker 356. Preliminary investigation suggests Wilson was driving a Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck southwest on the highway when he lost control and the truck left the road to the right. It hit a ditch, then a culvert and went airborne. When it landed it overturned on its side, then onto its roof where it came to rest.

Wilson, reportedly not wearing a seat belt at the time, was ejected from the rolling truck and suffered fatal injuries.

Blood test results later indicated that Wilson had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .163 at the time of the accident.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Colton Wilson Accident on US-377 in Erath County

Tests seem to have confirmed that the man killed in this accident was over the legal limit for intoxication at the time. Some may think there's little else to say about that because there can be no legal consequences, but they may not be aware that another party--one that too often gets away with its role in alcohol-related accidents--could be held accountable as well for his tragic loss of life.

Under Texas dram shop law an alcohol provider that sells or serves drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer does so illegally. When that happens and the customer causes or suffers injuries while under the influence, the law may consider the negligent business (a bar, restaurant, club, store, etc) that over-served them liable for the injuries dealt--most often in DWI crashes like the one above is alleged to be.

Colton Wilson Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on US-377 in Erath County, TX

To be clear, not every DWI accident begins with a dram shop violation. Reports had nothing to say about where the victim drank, and I'm making no accusations or assumptions. However, it's important to know for sure as dram violations endanger both the over-served customers and the public at large.

Despite the importance of finding law-breaking bars and stopping them, though, law enforcement rarely takes initiative to do so. If that's suspected, victims and families are often best served by independent investigations rather than waiting on police to take action. With the evidence of over-service that those investigators uncover, many folks are able to hold negligent businesses responsible for the terrible and irreversible damage they helped cause.

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