Two Children Injured in Single-Vehicle Crash on Outboard Drive in Gun Barrel City, TX
Gun Barrel City, TX -- May 1, 2022, two children ages 7 and 9 were injured when a car crashed on Outboard Drive in Gun Barrel City.
Authorities say the incident happened around 5:35 p.m. on Outboard near Bay Court. Preliminary investigation suggests 40-year-old Brian Nelson was driving a Nissan Sentra south on Outboard when he drifted off-course. He told police he was adjusting the radio and looking at his phone when he lost control, at which point the Nissan hit a nearby culvert in the east ditch.
Two juvenile passengers in the Nissan suffered serious injuries in the crash. Nelson was reportedly unhurt.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Brian Nelson Accident on Outboard Drive in Gun Barrel City
According to reports police suspected the driver of consuming alcohol before the crash. It's unclear why they thought that, but if they seriously suspected it then they should take steps to verify or disprove it.
Some may not really think it matters all that much aside from ensuring the charges match the offense, but there's another reason to learn whether alcohol was a factor: Depending on where a DWI driver's drinks came from, a local business may be liable for the injuries he causes or suffers while under the influence.
Texas dram shop law basically says that a licensed alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. The law applies anywhere that alcohol can legally be sold, from bars to restaurants to liquor stores and gas stations. However, despite how important it is to curb illegal over-service wherever it happens I find authorities don't often look into it. Some departments are content to just charge a driver and move on when a local business might be endangering their customers and the public.
Reports are pretty skimpy on details, and because of that it's hard to say whether alcohol was even a factor here--let alone how much of one or if a business illegally over-served it. Maybe nothing of the sort was involved here, but I always encourage getting all the facts after a serious crash. Considering two children were seriously hurt, I don't see how this would be any exception. Anyone responsible for their injuries should be held properly accountable.