Allan Moorhead, 2 Others Injured in Crash on Walnut St in Garland, TX
Garland, TX — March 20, 2022, 30-year-old Allan Moorhead and his passengers were injured in a single-vehicle accident on Walnut Street in Garland.
According to reports the incident happened around 6:35 p.m. on West Walnut near Yale Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests Moorhead was driving a Toyota Tundra pickup east in the outside lane of Walnut when he lost control for unknown reasons. The pickup veered off the road to the right, then drove over the curb and through nearby front yards of several homes. It crashed into a tree in one of the yards and came to a stop.
Moorhead and the two other occupants of the pickup, ages 30 and 5, suffered serious injuries in the crash. All three were transported to area hospitals for treatment.
Investigators suspected Moorhead was intoxicated by alcohol at the time of the crash and drew blood samples for testing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Allan Moorhead Accident on Walnut St in Garland
If blood tests confirm that alcohol consumption was involved here as police suspect, that may mean there are further considerations to this crash--including whether a third party, one often overlooked after such accidents, should face consequences as well.
The law understands that someone can make a mistake while still considering whether anyone else played a role in the damage done. For instance, Texas dram shop law says alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages he causes or suffers while under the influence.
This law helps injured crash victims seek much-needed help after they're hurt by impaired drivers. Moreover, it makes sure businesses like bars and restaurants face consequences for endangering people with reckless over-service. Not every DWI accident involves a dram violation and most vendors follow the rules, but the ones who don't should be held accountable for what happens when they liquor up a customer and send them on their way.
So will police trace the alcohol back to its source in case a business broke the law? Probably not. They rarely look for dram shop violations despite how important it is to stop them. It often takes independent investigation to ensure bad bars are held properly accountable and injured victims get the help they need and deserve.