• June 29, 2022

Teens Injured in Alleged Drunk Driving Accident on RM 620 in Travis County, TX

Travis County, TX -- June 11, 2022, two teenagers were injured due to an accident along RM 620 possibly involving drunk driving.

Officials said in initial reports that the crash happened along RM 620 near mile marker 530 at around 6:35 p.m.

According to reports, two 17-year-old girls were in a Jeep Wrangler traveling southbound on RM 620. While doing so, the vehicle veered onto the shoulder, then back across the roadway before running off-road and crashing.

Due to the crash, one of the girls had incapacitating injuries while the other girl's injuries were reportedly non-incapacitating. At this time, reports suggest that alcohol was a factor, with reports showing .21 BAC test results. This and other factors have yet to be confirmed.

Commentary on Teens Alleged Drunk Driving Accident on RM 620 in Travis County

I talk a lot about taking initial reports with a grain of salt due to the fact they can get details wrong or overlook other possible factors. I wouldn't consider this crash an exception despite the shocking details. With that said, it is not all that unusual for kids to get their hands on alcohol, which is why it's important to consider what that could mean for the victims and families affected by accidents involving intoxicated minors.

Let's say, for the sake of informative discussion, that evidence proves alcohol was a factor here. While some less scrupulous folks would use those details to cast all kinds of aspersions at the kids involved, most reasonable folks would likely have the same question I would: Where did the alcohol come from?

Teens Injured in Alleged Drunk Driving Accident on RM 620 in Travis County, TX

Not only is it illegal to serve minors, it's also possible that negligent party bears responsibility for the harm these kids suffered. Texas law says quite clearly that an individual or business giving alcohol to a minor can be liable for injuries that alcohol contributes to. So not only could there be a business potentially facing harsh consequences for serving minors, they could even be on the hook for the carnage their actions caused. There are plenty of headlines over the years of kids around the same age as these girls getting into serious accidents because a restaurant, gas station, liquor store, or even a bar flouted all reason and served them alcohol. Is it possible something similar happened here?

There are certainly all kinds of ways kids can get their hands on alcohol, so the last thing anyone can do here is jump to conclusions without knowing the full story. But with the driver here allegedly testing at nearly three times the legal limit, any person or business found to be involved here needs to face appropriate yet harsh consequences for their actions, especially if those consequences can help get those involved here back on their feet. Are authorities still working to do more than just blame the kids involved here on their own? Their loved ones deserve to know they're getting the full story, and the community may have an interest if there's a local business giving their children alcohol.

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