• June 16, 2022

Deshawn Jagwan Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on FM 545 in Collin County, TX

UPDATE (July 11, 2022): Reports identified the teenager killed in the crash as Deshawn Jagwan. Currently, additional details surrounding the crash have not been confirmed.

Collin County, TX -- April 10, 2022, a Richardson teenager was killed due to an accident where their vehicle crashed off FM 545.

Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 12:49 a.m. along FM 545 near County Road 1095.

Officials said that an 18-year-old Richardson man was in a BMW traveling westbound along FM 545. The vehicle ran off-road on a curve, crashing into a sign and a tree.

The teen driver sustained fatal injuries due to the crash. In reports, authorities claim there was a .105 BAC test result following the crash. This and other factors have yet to be confirmed at this time.

Commentary on Deshawn Jagwan Single-Vehicle Accident in Collin County

Just to be clear, I can't confirm anything in these reports without further investigations, which is why I always take allegations like those made here with a grain of salt. Further investigations could show alcohol had nothing to do with this, but rather something unusual like a mechanical defect or missing signage in a dark area led to the crash. With that said, alcohol is always a serious factor to consider, and it's even possible someone out there is responsible for this young man's death.

Deshawn Jagwan Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on FM 545 in Collin County, TX

Put simply, there can be multiple consequences surrounding a crash like this if someone provided alcohol to a teenage driver. Obviously, giving alcohol to someone underage has certain penalties, and businesses that do so can even lose their liquor license. But more than that, those businesses can actually be liable for contributing to the accident itself.

This is due to dram shop law, says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. I've confronted hundreds of negligent establishments over the years, and the places that serve teens certainly aren't drawing the line at over-serving obviously intoxicated customers.

So if alcohol really is a factor here, what steps have authorities taken to ensure any outside parties are being held accountable? I'd hate to think there's a grieving family out there left in the dark and a community possibly in danger of a local business continuing to break the law.

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