Sylvia Alicia Allen, Minors Injured in Car Accident in Mansfield, TX
Mansfield, TX -- May 21, 2022, Sylvia Alicia Allen was and two minors were injured due to an accident where a possibly drunk driver hit them.
Investigators reported that the incident happened at around 9:30 p.m. along Main Street at Newt Patterson Road.
Officials said that 48-year-old Sylvia Alicia Allen was in a Chevy Trax traveling southbound along Main. Ahead, police say that a Mazda was going the wrong direction and crashed head-on into Allen's vehicle.
Due to the collision, Allen reportedly had incapacitating injuries while two minors in the vehicle were possibly injured. The other driver allegedly had been drinking. It's unclear at this time if charges were filed.
Commentary on Sylvia Alicia Allen Car Accident in Mansfield
If what police say here is true, then these details mirror a lot of what happened in a crash a family came to me with a while back. In that incident, a family was simply minding their own business when a drunk driver turned the wrong way down a service road and hit them head-on. The crash seriously injured the couple's young son, and they wanted to make sure the driver was held accountable. What confused them, though, was why we also wanted to know where the driver got their alcohol. Why did that matter?
Well, Texas has laws which say alcohol providers can be liable for drunk driving wrecks they contribute to. Specifically, dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Through our investigations, we found the man had been at a happy hour and purchased several drinks. It was clear the bar illegally over-served him, so we were able to get the family some much needed help, and to hold all parties accountable for their role in sending a child to the ICU.
Just to be clear, I can't say if anything like that happened here. It's simply an important factor that even the authorities don't always consider. Hopefully steps are being taken here to ensure the family involved knows they're getting the full story and every possible opportunity to get the help they deserve.