Jacolby Moore, One Other Injured by Alleged DWI Driver in Harris County, TX
Harris County, TX — June 12, 2022, 21-year-old Jacolby Moore and at least two other people were hurt in a Harris County crash involving an alleged DWI driver.
According to reports the incident happened around 12:40 a.m. on Ranchester Drive at Harwin Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests 28-year-old Nicholle Quick was driving a Toyota vehicle south at high rates of speed, allegedly attempting to evade police pursuit for a prior assault, when she reportedly ran a red light and crashed into Moore's Hyundai Sonata in the intersection.
Moore, Quick, and at least one child all sustained critical injuries and were taken to area hospitals. Quick later faced preliminary charges of evading authorities and two counts of intoxication assault.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Jacolby Moore Accident in Harris County
A common mistake I see after these accidents is thinking what we see here is basically all there is to know. Someone hurt the victims while allegedly intoxicated and the state caught and charged her, so what more could there be to say? In the interest of ensuring justice is done, possibly quite a bit.
One big detail that too often goes overlooked after a drunk driver hurts someone in Texas is where that person's alcohol came from. Many people probably don't see the point of finding that out, but it's actually quite important. Depending on where the driver drank before the accident, the victim may have the right to seek help from the business that sold the drinks.
Not everyone knows this, but Texas dram shop law prohibits licensed alcohol vendors (bars, restaurants, liquor and convenience stores, etc) from selling or serving alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers. If they do so illegally and their customers cause or suffer injuries while under the influence, the business that provided too much to drink may be liable for the harm done. They would then have a duty to help anyone hurt by their over-service get back on their feet.
I don't know that a dram shop violation happened before this accident, but did the authorities even look into it? Little as I like saying it, my guess would be no. Police don't spend much time tracking down negligent over-service from bars, clubs, and restaurants, focusing instead on punishing the people whose glasses they endlessly refill. It may fall to the victims themselves, and any allies they bring along, to prove what really happened and get the help they deserve.