James Rodgers Jr. Injured in Crash on FM 1580 in Freestone County, TX
Freestone County, TX — June 10, 2022, 40-year-old James Rodgers Jr. was seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash on FM 1580 in Freestone County.
According to reports the incident happened around 12:50 a.m. on FM 1580 near CR 496. Preliminary investigation suggests Rodgers was driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck south on the roadway when he allegedly failed to maintain his lane in a curve.
The pickup left the road to the right and he over-corrected, side-skidding through the road and leaving to the left. It then overturned and rolled, ejecting Rodgers before it hit a tree and caught fire.
Rodgers suffered serious injuries in the crash. Investigators suspected he was intoxicated and collected blood samples for testing.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on James Rodgers Jr. Accident in Freestone County, TX
If it turned out alcohol was indeed a factor here, that wouldn't be too unusual this late at night. It might even bring up need for further investigation in case the driver was over-served by a local establishment, at which point those businesses might be liable for his injuries under dram shop law.
However, jumping to any such conclusions is more harmful than helpful. For all anyone knows at this point the vehicle could have crashed due to something far less common like mechanical issues in the pickup, road hazards, or the driver suffering a medical emergency.
It's important after any crash to be sure the full and true story is discovered through careful investigation and only the facts tell the story. This crash is unlikely to be an exception, and the victim deserves the benefit of the doubt unless evidence says otherwise.