Teenager Injured in Car Accident on FM 696 in Lee County, TX
Lee county, TX -- May 12, 2022, a teenager was injured following an accident where a vehicle crashed along FM 696.
Preliminary reports indicated that the crash took place at around 3:00 a.m. along FM 696 near CR 306.
Officials said that a 17-year-old boy from McDade was in a Ford F-250 traveling along FM 696. The vehicle reportedly went off the side of the road where it then crashed into a tree.
The teenager had incapacitating injuries due to the crash, reports say. A BAC test result of .22 was listed in reports, but this cannot be confirmed at this time. Investigations are ongoing.
Commentary on Teen Driver Car Accident on FM 696 in Lee County
It's obviously concerning anytime alcohol comes up as a possibility, but these allegations with a 17-year-old are only more troubling. It immediately calls to mind the important question of where the alcohol came from. There are many possible answers there, but it's particularly important since that person or establishment could actually be liable for the crash.
If someone serves alcohol to a minor, and that alcohol contributes to them or someone else getting hurt, the alcohol provider can be on the hook for their role in the crash. Did authorities look into that here?
That said, there's another possibility here: the reports are wrong. Now, whether or not that's likely isn't really what's important. What's important is not jumping to conclusions just because of what a preliminary report says. I can't begin to count how many times I looked further into a crash only for the police to be completely wrong. That's why it's usually prudent to have independent investigators look into these reports and get clear answers about what exactly went wrong. I don't see why this crash would be an exception to that.