Jason Dudik Killed in Motorcycle Crash on FM 2114 in Hill County, TX
Hill County, TX — March 20, 2022, 41-year-old Jason Dudik was killed in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident on Farm to Market Road 2114 in Hill County.
According to reports the incident happened around 2:10 a.m. on FM 2114 near County Road 3231. Preliminary investigation suggests Dudik was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle east on the roadway when he lost control at alleged unsafe speeds for the curve in the road. The motorcycle left the travel lanes to the south and overturned, then rolled multiple times before coming to rest on top of Dudik.
Dudik suffered fatal injuries in the crash. Toxicology tests later suggested he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time, with a BAC of .121.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Jason Dudik Accident on FM 2114 in Hill County
Reports indicate the victim was impaired in one form or another when he lost control. Some may feel there's little else to say about that since his tragic passing means he's beyond the reach of the law no matter what was in his system, but it's still an important issue to investigate fully.
For instance, since alcohol was involved it's important to find out where the drinks came from. Why? Because whatever business sold it might be legally responsible for the victim's injuries, and if so may have a legal duty to make whatever amends it can to his loved ones.
Texas dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages they cause or suffer while under the influence.
Whether it's a bar, restaurant, or store, a licensed vendor in Texas has a responsibility to protect its customers and community--mostly from the dangers of its own reckless over-service. If such a business served the victim even though he was obviously intoxicated and that contributed to the crash on FM 2114, it should face consequences of its own.
With that said, I'm not pointing fingers at any specific business here. It's not clear if any dram shop violations took place before this accident, and not every DWI crash involves one. All we know is someone was fatally injured and police seem to have confirmed intoxication played a part in that. I think those facts alone warrant careful investigation of all the possibilities--including whether a local business broke the law. If that's found to be true, proper accountability should follow.