• May 27, 2022

Cole Clayton Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident in Bastrop County, TX

Bastrop County, TX -- January 29, 2022, Cole Clayton was killed as the result of an accident where a vehicle overturned along FM 2571.

Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 12:14 a.m. along FM 2571 near the intersection of Rutherford Lane.

Officials said that 20-year-old Cole Clayton was in a Ford Ranger traveling southwest along FM 2571. For reasons that can't be confirmed right now, the vehicle lost control and ultimately flipped over.

Clayton was said to have sustained fatal injuries in the crash. Reports show a BAC test result of .23 following the crash. This and other details remain under investigation.

Commentary on Cole Clayton Single-Vehicle Accident in Bastrop County

Just to be clear up front, I'm not here to disparage someone when they aren't around to defend themselves. It's simply that I have families come to me all the time with incidents where authorities claim that alcohol was the cause of their loved one's death. I can't say if that's true here or not. But if it is, steps must be taken to ensure authorities actually looked into the full context. Many of those cases I mentioned ended up involving local bars and other establishments who broke the law and were responsible for contributing to a fatal crash. Did that happen here?

Cole Clayton Single-Vehicle Accident Bastrop County, TX

Texas has what's called dram shop law. It basically says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. At nearly three times the legal limit, any business involved would almost have to have broken the law--especially if they served someone who was underage. If that leads to a young man's death, why should that business get away with it? Why would they get to break the rules, contribute to a deadly crash, and skirt all consequences while the victim's family suffers a lifetime without their loved one?

That's why things like dram shop are so important to investigate. The priority should be to get families the answers they deserve and to ensure they understand the legal avenues available to them. Whether or not authorities ever took the necessary steps to get answers here remains to be seen.

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