Gerald Goodwin Sr. Injured in Motorcycle Accident on Plano Pkwy in The Colony, TX
The Colony, TX -- April 30, 2022, 56-year-old Gerald Goodwin Sr. was injured in a traffic accident on Plano Parkway in The Colony.
Authorities say the incident happened around 7:40 p.m. on Plano Pkwy near Destination Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests Goodwin was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle south on the roadway by a Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan in the next lane. Both vehicles entered a curve in the road and Goodwin reportedly failed to maintain a single lane. The Harley collided with the Mercedes in the road.
Goodwin suffered serious injuries in the collision and was transported to an area hospital for treatment. No other injuries were reported.
Investigators believed Goodwin was under the influence of alcohol and noted a plan to subpoena his hospital records as part of a DWI investigation.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Gerald Goodwin Sr. Accident in The Colony
Police believe the victim may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the wreck. If they follow through on their plan to get his treatment records and find out their suspicions are correct, he may have some legal trouble in addition to his injuries. Some might consider that more than enough consequences, but there's an "accomplice" of sorts--one often overlooked during these investigations--that should face some of its own. That's why it's important to find out where the victim's drinks came from that evening.
The public has a tendency to come down hard on people who drive under the influence, but the law looks at it differently. Drunk drivers should and do face consequences for their actions, but the law understands they can make bad choices but still not be entirely responsible for their injuries. In the case of DWI crashes, it also looks at whoever sold or served the victim his drinks to see if that business played a meaningful role in his injuries.
Texas dram shop law says that licensed alcohol providers like bars, restaurants, and stores may not serve or sell alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers. If they do, the law may consider them liable for injuries those customers go on to cause or suffer while under the influence. That means any business that over-served the victim in The Colony before he got on the road may now have a duty to help him get back on his feet.
Basically if a business is willing to act illegally and endanger its community then it should answer for that recklessness. Over-service puts everyone at risk, from the over-served customers to other drivers dealing with them on the road. When someone's hurt because a bar or store ignored the law and valued a few more bucks over public safety, everyone should want that business held accountable. If the victim can get some help recovering from his injuries in the process, that's absolutely worth following through on.