Tyesha Malone, Alex Moore Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on US-59 in Cleveland, TX
Cleveland, TX -- April 20, 2022, 43-year-olds Tyesha Malone and Alex Moore were seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 59 in Liberty County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 2:25 p.m. on US-59 near Farm to Market Road 2025. Preliminary investigation suggests Moore was driving a Toyota vehicle north on the highway when he lost control for unknown reasons. The car veered toward the protected median and hit the concrete barrier, causing it to overturn and roll multiple times.
Passenger Tyesha Malone was ejected from the car as it rolled and suffered serious injuries. Moore, not ejected, was also seriously hurt.
Investigators suspected Moore was intoxicated and drew blood samples for testing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Tyesha Malone, Alex Moore Accident on US-59 in Cleveland
Police wrote down an anticipated charge of intoxication assault for the suspect here. Most people generally understand how serious that is and what it would mean if the driver is convicted, but they may not realize there could be other consequences beyond those directed at him.
For a start, investigators must distinguish whether the intoxicant in question was drugs or alcohol. They cited both as possible factors in their report, but it's unclear whether they found evidence to support that or just weren't sure which intoxicant (if either) was involved. That will hopefully be cleared up by blood tests.
If alcohol is found to be the sole or primary intoxicant, investigators then need to look into where it came from. That's an important detail to learn due to dram shop law, which says an alcohol vendor can be liable for an accident if they over-served an obviously intoxicated customer who harmed himself or someone else while drunk. But why hold the bar responsible?
First and foremost, it presents a chance for both injured victims to get some much-needed help getting back on their feet. Additionally, it provides a way to ensure a law-breaking business faces consequences and potentially makes the surrounding community safer. Few people can argue against preventing a business in their neighborhood from endangering it.
Right now there are still plenty of answers to seek about this crash, including how much of a role intoxication played (if any). Obviously working that out would come before looking into possible dram shop violations, but that's important to consider any time alcohol use and injuries may be linked. Dram shop law is instrumental in seeking out negligent alcohol providers and giving them a strong incentive to clean up their act. If doing so can also benefit the people hurt by its negligence, surely that's worth some attention.