James William Thompson II, Joanne Thompson Injured in Car Accident in Boerne, TX
Boerne, TX -- May 30, 2022, James Thompson II and Joanne Thompson were injured due to an accident involving an allegedly drunk driver.
Preliminary reports indicated that the incident took place at around 8:00 p.m. along River Road off Aransas Pass Avenue.
Investigators said that 79-year-old James Thompson was driving a vehicle westbound along River Road. From oncoming lanes, authorities said that a pickup went into oncoming lanes and hit Thompson's vehicle head-on.
James Thompson was said to have non-incapacitating injuries while Joanne Thompson was possibly injured, reports say.
Police say they believe the other driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. This and other factors have not yet been confirmed.
Commentary on James Thompson, Joanne Thompson Car Accident in Boerne
If what police say here is true, then surely there will be consequences for someone getting behind the wheel drunk. But are they the only one responsible for what happened here? Authorities rarely address an important aspect of drunk driving wrecks that can be of significant help to victims and families. This is called dram shop law, and it could mean that there's a local bar that played a role in all of this.
Essentially, dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Whether that's a bar, liquor store, restaurant, or even a gas station, businesses that over-serve people are putting their communities and even their own customers at risk. Dram shop allows victims and families to hold those businesses accountable, both getting much needed help and holding a negligent business accountable for their recklessness.
Like I said, authorities don't always look into such possibilities, so getting the full story here may require more thorough independent investigations. Are those steps being taken here?