Seagoville Man Killed in Car Accident on I-20 in Hutchins, TX
Hutchins, TX -- March 27, 2022, a Seagoville man was killed after an accident where his vehicle crashed off I-20.
In their reports, authorities said that the crash happened at around 5:30 a.m. along LBJ Freeway near Highway 310.
According to reports, a 24-year-old man was in a Honda Civic traveling eastbound along the highway. The vehicle veered off the left side of the road where it crashed into a pole along the median.
Due to the crash, the Seagoville man sustained fatal injuries. Reports went on to list a .208 BAC test result. This and other details remain unconfirmed pending further investigations.
Commentary on Seagoville Man Car Accident on I-20 in Hutchins
Just to be clear up front, further investigations could show there's more to this story or that reports aren't all that accurate. It certainly wouldn't be the first time. That said, reports showing a BAC of two and a half times the legal limit is beyond concerning. That's not to criticize someone who isn't around to defend themselves. On the contrary, there needs to be an investigation into whether or not a local bar contributed to this man's death.
Texas has dram shop law which says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. At 5:30 a.m., this is particularly concerning given that bars close around 2:00 a.m. If investigations show that a driver is two and a half times the legal limit three hours after they had their last drink, it's almost guaranteed any complicit business violated the law and played a role in their death. Dram shop, then, would be a tool both to help the victim's loved ones and to ensure that business is held accountable for their actions.
Like I said, that may not be at all what happened here. It's not for me to say without more thorough investigations. But if there's some outside party out there benefiting off of actions that got a man killed, shouldn't steps be taken to bring their reprehensible behavior to light?