• June 02, 2022

Eric McGarity Killed, David Shamass Injured in Car Accident in Trenton, TX

UPDATE (September 8, 2022): Information from officials identifies one of the men injured in the crash as David Charles Shamass. Those officials also allege that McGarity has a .233 BAC following the crash. This and other factors have yet to be confirmed.

Trenton, TX -- May 30, 2022, Eric McGarity was killed and seven were injured following an accident where multiple cars collided.

Officials were called to the scene near the Fannin and Collin County lines along Highway 121 at around 10:00 p.m.

According to reports, Eric McGarity was in a vehicle traveling southbound on the highway. Reports claim his vehicle went into oncoming lanes where a multi-vehicle, chain reaction crash occurred.

Due to the collision, McGarity reportedly died at the scene. One person involved had to be airlifted while six others were transported via ground ambulance for their injuries.

Right now, the cause of the crash remains unclear.

Commentary on Eric McGarity, David Shamass Car Accident in Trenton

I just want to be clear that my purpose here isn't to criticize someone who tragically isn't around to defend himself. Instead, I want to shed light on certain details that can make things challenging for those left behind to pick up the pieces following this serious accident. If it's true alcohol was a factor, then it's usually prudent to ensure someone looks into where that alcohol came from.

In Texas, alcohol providers can face serious consequences for over-serving someone who is obviously intoxicated. Not only could they face administrative penalties, they could be liable under dram shop law for the injuries caused in part by their negligence. Dram shop is not always the kind of thing authorities tend to look into on their own, which is why crashes like this are often better off in the hands of professionals. Whatever happened here, are the victims and families involved sure they're getting the full story?

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