Two Injured in Alleged Drunk Driver Accident on Front Street in Midland, TX
Midland, TX -- June 13, 2022, two people were injured due to an accident where an allegedly drunk driver crashed on Front Street.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at the intersection of West Front Street and South Garfield Street.
Officials said that a crash occurred in which a Chevy truck may have run a red light when it crashed into another vehicle.
Due to the crash, the Chevy driver, identified as 21-year-old Collin James Maxey, had minor injuries. The other driver was said to be in critical condition.
Police currently allege that Maxey was under the influence of alcohol, claiming that a BAC test returned results of .166 and .159. Maxey currently faces charges for Intoxication Assault.
Commentary on Collin James Maxey Car Accident in Midland
It's not my place to say if the allegations here are true, but it is important that people understand the unique challenges victims and families can face when such allegations are true. It's not always as simple as someone going to court and the victims and families somehow getting all the help they need. There are complex legal avenues to navigate, and that often includes tracking down and holding accountable a local drinking establishment.
This is due to Texas dram shop law. Basically, the law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. If someone is over-served by a bar, that bar is breaking the law. Not long ago, for example, our investigations into a drunk driver found evidence that he could barely walk to and from the bathroom, yet bar staff continued to serve him well after that. They knew the danger that posed to the public and even their own customer, yet they cared more about their sales than the safety of those around them.
Here, police allege that the driver was around twice the legal limit. A lot of people tend to show obvious signs of intoxication somewhere between that and the limit of .08. As such, it's important to find out if alcohol really was a factor here and if that alcohol came from a local business. Not only do those involved here deserve an opportunity to get the help they need, but any complicit business could still be putting the community in danger. Getting them to clean up their act means ensuring they face just but stiff consequences.