Driver Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on Trunk St in Crandall, TX
Crandall, TX -- March 10, 2022, a 30-year-old woman was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on Trunk Street in Kaufman County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 9:00 p.m. on Trunk at 2nd Street. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving a Mercedes-Benz coupe north on Trunk, allegedly in an erratic fashion, when she crashed into a fence on a nearby property and then fled the scene. Reports say the property's residents believed she was intoxicated and unsuccessfully tried to keep her from leaving.
An investigating officer spotted the suspect's vehicle while interviewing witnesses and stopped her. She allegedly had serious injuries and was transported to an area hospital. Blood tests later indicated she had a BAC of .088, just past the legal limit for intoxication, when the crash occurred.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Car Accident on Trunk St in Crandall
Blood test results showed the suspect in this crash had a BAC just over the legal limit at the time of the crash. Some may think that's only relevant in that she should face DWI-related consequences, but things could be a little more complicated than that. Victims of DWI crashes--including the alleged drunk drivers--are sometimes able to hold irresponsible bars or other alcohol vendors accountable for the damage they cause or suffer due to dram shop law.
One of the conditions of a dram shop claim is that the bar must have sold or served drinks to the customer when they were obviously intoxicated. It's hard to say whether someone just a bit past the legal limit would have shown signs of impairment that everyday folks could pick up on, but bar staff are meant to be trained on how to see those signs more easily. If they could tell, either by physical symptoms or just the length of the customer's tab, that she was intoxicated and sold her more anyway, then they may be responsible for the injuries she suffered in that wreck.
Of course it's unlikely any of the staff would admit to knowing their customer was drunk, and no case relies on their confession. Instead, investigators round up receipts, witness statements, security camera footage, and any other sources of information they can find to determine whether the bar should have cut the customer off--and if so, why it didn't.
Not every DWI crash involves a dram violation beforehand, but it's an important issue to look into any time alcohol consumption may be the cause of someone's injuries. Will police look into the possibility that a bar broke the law, or would the victim be better off having independent investigators get involved?