Arlyn Dozier Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on Old Spanish Trail in Houston, TX
Houston, TX -- May 8, 2022, 43-year-old Arlyn Dozier was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on Old Spanish Trail in Harris County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 2:35 a.m. on the 1500 block of Old Spanish Trail near Stadium Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests Dozier was driving a Volkswagen Passat north on the roadway when he allegedly fell asleep at the wheel. The VW swerved off the northbound road and crossed through the median. It drove through the southbound lanes and hit a tree on the west shoulder, then ran into the gate of a nearby parking lot.
Dozier suffered serious injuries in the crash and was taken to an area hospital. Investigators noted he showed signs of intoxication and drew blood samples for testing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Arlyn Dozier Accident on Old Spanish Trail in Houston
Police mentioned that the victim of this crash showed signs of impairment before he was taken to the hospital. They also drew blood for further testing as part of a DWI investigation. Depending on what those tests reveal, there may be more to this accident than some people realize.
Texas and many other states broaden the responsibility for DWI wrecks beyond the drivers to sometimes include the businesses that sold or served their drinks. If further investigation finds that a licensed alcohol vendor over-served the driver prior to the accident, that business may be responsible for his injuries under dram shop law. It may then be expected to make whatever amends it can and help the victim recover from the damage done by its reckless over-service.
I've heard some people argue that a bar shouldn't be responsible for its customers' choices, but I and the law disagree. Getting intoxicated is a slippery slope as good decisions get harder and harder to make, which is part of why the law expects vendors to step up and know when enough is enough. Despite that, many folks have personally witnessed someone's glass refilled for the nth time as they struggle just to remain awake. Come closing time they're ushered out the door only to nod off on the road; that may not be what happened in Houston, but several of the reported details seem to fit.
Far from every bar will break the law for a few more bucks, but then again far from every bar follows it. When they lose sight of their priorities and endanger both their customers and the public, they should be held properly accountable. Moreover, if their negligence hurts someone their contribution to that damage shouldn't be ignored. That's why dram shop claims are so important, and yet too often law enforcement focuses only on the drivers in these situations. Will this be another situation where the victim's drinks aren't traced back to who poured them? If so, would an independent investigation better ensure the victim gets the help and justice he deserves?