One Injured in Auto Accident at Lynch Crossing and West Line in Grayson County, TX
Grayson County, TX — May 15, 2022, a 29-year-old man was seriously injured in a traffic collision on Lynch Crossing Road in Grayson County.
According to reports the incident happened around 7:05 p.m. on Lynch Crossing at West Line Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Chevrolet Avalanche was traveling west on Lynch Crossing and approached West Line. Nearby, 46-year-old Roudy Eberhart was driving a Dodge Ram 2500 south on West Line approaching the same intersection.
Reports indicate the Chevy driver disregarded his stop sign and passing into the crossroads, at which point the southbound Dodge crashed into his passenger side.
The Chevy driver suffered serious injuries in the crash. Eberhart received possible injuries.
A breath test administered at the scene showed the Chevy driver had an approximate BAC of .082 at the time of the crash. The driver's treatment records were subpoenaed as part of a DWI investigation.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Auto Accident at Lynch Crossing and West Line in Grayson County
Reports suggest the injured driver may have had a BAC just north of the legal limit at the time of the crash, and say that may have been a factor. It's hard to say whether the driver disregarded the stop sign because he wasn't quite in his right mind or whether something else was to blame, but if his state of impairment was a factor then there may be other considerations beyond the obvious.
People don't always know that victims of DWI crashes--even the alleged DWI drivers--are sometimes able to hold bars or other alcohol vendors accountable for the damage their drunk customers do under dram shop law.
One of the conditions of a dram shop claim is that the bar must have sold or served drinks to the customer when he was obviously intoxicated; it's hard to say whether someone just a hair past the legal limit would have shown signs of impairment that bar staff could pick up on, but if they could reasonably tell that he was past a safe limit and sold him more anyway then they may be responsible for the injuries he caused and suffered in that wreck.
It's unlikely any of the staff would admit to knowing their customer was drunk, but no serious case relies on such a confession. Instead, investigators round up receipts, witness statements, security camera footage, and any other sources of information they can find to determine whether the bar should have cut the customer off--and if so, why it didn't.
Not every DWI crash involves a dram violation, but it's an important issue to look into any time alcohol consumption may be the cause of someone's injuries. Will police look into the possibility that a bar broke the law, or would the victim be better off having independent investigators get involved?