• July 12, 2022

Christopher McKinney Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on Eastex Fwy in Houston, TX

UPDATE (October 6, 2022): Sources have identified the victim of this accident as Christopher McKinney.

Houston, TX — July 9, 2022, a 28-year-old man died in a single-vehicle accident along the Eastex Freeway (US-59) in Houston.

According to reports the incident happened around 1:15 a.m. on the 800 block of the Eastex Freeway near Interstate 10. Preliminary investigation suggests a Nissan Altima was traveling north on the highway when the driver attempted to exit toward I-10. The Nissan crashed into a concrete traffic barrier while exiting.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. No other vehicles or people were involved.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Christopher McKinney Accident in Houston

UPDATE (August 17, 2022): Reports indicate the accident victim had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .181 at the time. I don't say that with any judgment, but evidence that he was more than twice the legal limit for intoxication may mean there's more to investigate--including whether someone else should be held responsible for the tragic damage done.

What do I mean? Well, Texas dram shop law holds businesses that over-serve alcohol responsible for the injuries their intoxicated patrons cause or suffer. That's why finding out where the drinks came from is a crucial (but too often neglected) step to ensure victims and families get justice.

I'm not saying I know someone over-served the victim, but it seems like an important detail to work out in case a business is endangering its customers and its community. So will the police do anything about that? Unfortunately, probably not. After these crashes they rarely look past the drivers to where they drank, so if a dram violation is suspected it's usually best to seek help elsewhere from people who know how to prove it. With clear evidence in hand many victims and families have held bad businesses accountable for the devastating damage they helped cause.

Christopher McKinney Killed in Car Accident on Eastex Fwy in Houston, TX

ORIGINAL: After single-vehicle wrecks I try to remind folks not to jump to any conclusions. There's an unfortunate tendency to assume the driver in a wreck like the one on the Eastex Freeway is to blame without giving the matter much further thought.

Is it possible the driver made a mistake? Sure. Things like distraction, speeding, and impairment are so common that they should always be considered. Alcohol's a particularly important factor to check into because if the driver was over-served then the place that did so might be liable for his fatal injuries due to dram shop law.

However, just because the above issues are common doesn't mean they can be taken for granted. Less-likely possibilities like mechanical defects, roadway hazards, medical emergencies, and even other vehicles that left the scene should also be evaluated to make sure the truth is found.

If nothing else, taking steps to ensure a crash is properly understood is crucial for everyone affected by it. I see no reason why this accident would be an exception that that.

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