Teen Driver Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on US-190 in Polk County, TX
Polk County, TX -- May 8, 2022, a 17-year-old driver was seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 190 in Polk County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 7:05 p.m. on US-190 near FM 2457. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck east on the highway in the left lane. The driver allegedly fell asleep and the pickup exited the road to the left, crashed into the median bar ditch, and overturned on its right side.
The teen driver suffered serious injuries in the crash. Investigators suspected he had been drinking alcohol prior to the wreck.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Car Accident on US-190 in Polk County
Seeing police even mention alcohol as a possibility is sometimes enough for people to take it as guaranteed. That's not true, however, and it's important to keep an open mind while the investigation continues. It's still possible something else was behind this accident--the driver could have fallen asleep due to simple fatigue, for example--which is why it's so important to ensure there's a thorough investigation after just about every crash.
However, the thought that an underage person might have been impaired at the wheel is troubling--especially if a third party out there knowingly sold or served him alcohol despite his age. There would be at least two specific issues to investigate further:
- Any business selling drinks to people under 21 obviously breaks the law by doing so, and
- If they over-served the customer to the point he lost consciousness then they may have broken dram shop law. If so, the law may consider them liable for his injuries.
I'd say it's pretty darn important to find out not only whether alcohol really was involved but also where it came from if it was. Will police trace the drinks back to their source in case a local business served an underage person--possibly to dangerous degrees? It's hard to say, but in my experience law enforcement doesn't look very hard for law-breaking bars. If the victim was over-served somewhere, gathering proof of that and getting him the help he deserves may take an independent investigation.