• July 08, 2022

Teenager Killed, Willie Hopkins Jr. Injured in Alleged Drunk Driving Accident on US 75 in Dallas, TX

Dallas, TX -- June 5, 2022, a teenager was killed and Willie Hopkins Jr. was injured due to an alleged drunk driving accident along US 75.

Investigators were called to the scene at around 4:30 a.m. It happened along southbound lanes of Central Expressway near Park Lane.

According to reports, a 17-year-old boy was in a Dodge Challenger on southbound US 75. For reasons unclear, it appears the vehicle was stationary in a lane of travel. While there, a Ford pickup crashed into the Dodge.

The 17-year-old driver of the Dodge succumbed to fatal injuries following the crash. The other driver, identified as Willie Clyde Hopkins Jr., was said to have non-incapacitating injuries.

In reports, authorities say the teen driver's BAC test returned a .265 result. Additional details are unavailable at this time.

Commentary on Teenager, Willie Hopkins Jr. Alleged Drunk Driving Accident in Dallas

To be frank, these are incredibly troubling details. But I just want to be clear up front I'm not here to upset anyone or to speak ill of a young man who's no longer with us. On the contrary, it truly disturbs me that someone out there may be responsible for contributing to this tragic event that has yet to be held accountable for their actions. Put simply, if it's true that alcohol was a factor here, investigators need to find out where this young man got the alcohol.

Teenager Killed, Willie Hopkins Jr. Injured in Alleged Drunk Driving Accident on US 75 in Dallas, TX

There are plenty of ways kids can get their hands on alcohol without anyone knowing. But more often, an older adult they know or that they ran into outside of a store bought it for them. Less common but even more concerning is the possibility that a business actually provided the alcohol directly to the teenager. Folks would be surprised how often that kind of thing happens, and those businesses and negligent adults can be on the hook for crashes like this.

Texas law says that someone who provides alcohol to a minor can be liable for injuries that alcohol contributes to. For a family grieving the death of a child and a man likely sent to the ER after the crash, getting some answers and seeing some accountability for such devastating events would no doubt be a positive step forward. That'd be true of just about any accident involving an intoxicated teen, let alone one whose reported BAC was over three times the legal limit. Any party complicit in giving a 17-year-old that much alcohol doesn't deserve to get off scot-free. Steps need to be taken to find out what else led to this awful tragedy.

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