Regan Polone Jr. Injured in Car Accident on Clack St in Abilene, TX
Abilene, TX — May 22, 2022, 53-year-old Regan Polone Jr. was injured in a single-vehicle accident on South Clack Street in Abilene.
Authorities say the incident happened around 12:20 a.m. on the 4000 block of South Clack near Buffalo Gap Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Polone was driving a Jeep south on the roadway when he allegedly tried to pull onto South Highway 83 by passing through a grassy median. He lost control in the median and the Jeep overturned multiple times, coming to rest on the shoulder of the highway.
Polone was ejected during the rollover and suffered serious injuries. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment.
Investigators suspected Polone was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. Blood samples were collected for testing.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Regan Polone Jr. Accident on Clack St in Abilene
Seeing police say that alcohol may be a factor in this wreck, some folks are likely to accept that theory as gospel truth. However, preliminary reports like this rarely have or tell the whole story. Alcohol might not even have been involved, and it's important not to point fingers before hard evidence (like blood test results) is available. Even if drinking was a factor, though, that doesn't mean this is all open-and-shut. In fact, that could mean a third party--one often overlooked after DWI crashes--should be held responsible.
Texas dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Put another way, a bar that keeps serving someone when they're already fall-down drunk is endangering their customer and the public. That recklessness deserves consequences, and dram shop is how those are delivered.
I've confronted hundreds of bad bars throughout my career, and it'd probably shock people to learn how little regard some have for the law or public safety. I've seen a few cases where a bar actually served someone fatal quantities of alcohol without batting an eye. Any lone person acting with that much disregard for safety and sense would be held accountable, so why not a business that does the same?
That's not to say I know a dram violation happened before the crash on Clack Street. Only further investigation could say with more certainty. I just find it frustrating that police rarely look further than the driver himself after a DWI crash and many bars get away scot-free only to dangerously over-serve more people and start the cycle over again. Injured victims--including the alleged DWI drivers--and the communities surrounding those bars deserve better.