• June 15, 2022

Mission Woman Injured in Alleged Drunk Driver Accident on Goodwin Road in Palmview, TX

Palmview, TX -- May 13, 2022, a Mission woman was injured due to an accident involving an allegedly intoxicated driver on Goodwin Road.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 5:00 a.m. along Goodwin Road off Veterans Boulevard.

According to officials, a 21-year-old Mission woman was in a Ford Focus traveling southbound on Goodwin. An oncoming Ford F-150 drifted over the centerline, sideswiping a truck before then crashing into the Ford Focus.

Due to the collision, the Mission woman had incapacitating injuries. No other injuries were reported. Reports show the pickup driver had a .141 BAC following tests, and authorities said they were considering charges including intoxication assault. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Mission Woman Drunk Driver Accident on Goodwin in Palmview

If the allegations here are true, then that driver will no doubt have their day in court to answer for what happened here. But are they the only ones responsible? Something not a lot of people talk about is the importance of finding out where a drunk driver got their alcohol. But why does that matter?

Mission Woman Injured in Alleged Drunk Driver Accident on Goodwin Road in Palmview, TX

Put simply, Texas has dram shop law which says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. A particular concern at 5:00 a.m. is that some people will drink so much the night before that they're still intoxicated hours later, meaning if they were at an establishment that the business almost certainly broke the law and over-served them.

Maybe that isn't exactly what happened here, but a legal avenue that can get people the help they need and make the community safer for everyone is an avenue too important to ignore. Since authorities rarely look into things like dram shop on their own, getting the full story here may require more thorough independent investigations.

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