One Seriously Injured in Car Accident on Lexington Street in Manor, TX
Manor, TX — June 26, 2022, a 22-year-old woman was seriously injured in an overnight two-vehicle collision on Lexington Street in Manor.
According to reports the incident happened shortly before 2:40 a.m. at Lexington Street and Christina Garza Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests a Nissan Sentra was traveling east on Garza when the driver turned north toward Lexington. The driver failed to yield while turning and was hit by an Infiniti G35.
The impact spun the Infiniti around in the roadway while the Nissan continued northward some distance up Lexington, then came to rest.
The Nissan's passenger was airlifted to an area hospital for treatment of potentially life-threatening injuries. The car's driver was unhurt. The Infiniti driver was evaluated at the scene and refused medical transport.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Car Accident on Lexington St in Manor
UPDATE (July 15, 2022): Later reports indicate the suspect had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .157 at the time of the crash. I don't say that in judgment, but confirmation that she was over the legal limit for intoxication may change how the wreck's aftermath should be approached.
Alcohol-related crashes in Texas and many other states sometimes involve holding the businesses that served it responsible for the damage their intoxicated patrons cause or suffer. Under dram shop law any business that continued serving alcohol if their customer was obviously intoxicated may have a legal duty to help her injured passenger recover.
Even if that's the case, though, first the victim has to prove that such over-service occurred. Police investigations aren't very helpful for that, so it's usually best for victims to get help from independent investigators who know how to get the necessary evidence. Armed with receipts, witness statements, and video footage, many people hurt by reckless over-service have held bad businesses accountable for breaking the law and contributing to their injuries.
ORIGINAL: Right now reports don't say much about how or why this wreck happened. I'm not coming down on law enforcement for not having the whole puzzle put together so soon, but hopefully they can offer some more insights in the near future. Unfortunately, I have a feeling some folks will happily jump to their own conclusions in the meantime.
Look at the comment sections of most news outlets and you'll see endless guesswork about driver distraction, speeding, and even intoxication being factors in early-morning crashes. It's true that those are common causes of many such accidents, but they can't be taken for granted. Things like vehicle malfunctions, poor road conditions, traffic light malfunctions, and many other possibilities must be evaluated as well to be sure the full story is learned.
It's best not to make any assumptions as the investigation continues. Having said that, I've learned over the years that unfortunately police don't always have the time or resources to really get to the bottom of things. That's why I often suggest an independent investigation to victims and families who call the firm after their accidents.
Whatever is learned in Manor, the victim at least deserves to know they have all the facts that could be found. Any other actions beyond just learning the truth depend on what that truth turns out to be.