Stuart Manning Sr. Injured in Car Accident on FM 120 in Grayson County, TX
Grayson County, TX -- May 15, 2022, 69-year-old Stuart Manning Sr. was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on FM 120 in Grayson County.
According to reports the incident happened around 4:50 a.m. on FM 120 near Geis Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Manning was driving a Cadillac XTS sedan west on the roadway when he allegedly failed to maintain his lane. The car veered to the right and exited the road, traveling in the north ditch until it hit a culvert.
Manning suffered serious injuries in the wreck. Reports say he admitted drinking alcohol before the crash. Investigators noted a plan to subpoena his treatment records as part of a DWI investigation.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Stuart Manning Accident on FM 120 in Grayson County
As the victim allegedly confessed to drinking before his crash, some may feel any criminal charges combined with his injuries pretty much handle the "consequences" portion of the accident. However, there's another party--an accomplice of sorts--that too often gets away with its role in DWI accidents, and for the victim's sake it should be held accountable as well.
Texas dram shop law says alcohol providers may not sell or serve drinks to obviously intoxicated customers. If they do, under the law they may be liable for any injuries those customers cause or suffer while excessively impaired.
Not every DWI accident starts with a dram shop violation, but it's worth investigating when alcohol consumption may be a factor in an accident. So will the authorities find the source of the victim's drinks? Unfortunately I doubt it.
Police don't usually look for possible dram shop violations despite how important it is to stop them. Victims of drunk driving accidents, even the injured drivers themselves, are often best served by independent investigations to hold such a negligent business responsible.