Ivan Siverand, Shawn Richardson Killed in Aransas Pass, TX Crossover Accident
Aransas Pass, TX — June 30, 2022, 45-year-old Shawn Richardson and 24-year-old Ivan Siverand were killed in a collision on Highway 361 in Aransas Pass.
According to reports the incident happened around 11:20 p.m. on the 2100 block of TX-361. Preliminary investigation suggests Siverand was driving a Mitsubishi Galant west on the highway ahead of a Dodge Journey. Nearby, Richardson was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe east in the opposite lane.
Reports say Richardson crossed into the westbound lane for unknown reasons, then crashed into the Mitsubishi. The Dodge driver behind the Galant swerved in an unsuccessful effort to avoid the crash, but hit the rear left quarter of the car. After the impact the Chevy overturned and Richardson was ejected.
Iverand was fatally injured in the crash. Richardson was taken to an area hospital and was pronounced dead. The Dodge driver was reportedly unhurt.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Ivan Siverand, Shawn Richardson Accident in Aransas Pass
If the crossover driver's treatment records confirm he was intoxicated as police suspect, some may think there isn't much else to say about that since his tragic passing means he's beyond any legal consequences. However, knowing intoxication was a factor could mean there are other considerations. That's why it's important the people affected by these crashes know about Texas dram shop law.
Under dram shop law, licensed alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries he causes or suffers while under the influence. A dram shop claim against a law-breaking business lets DWI accident victims and their families seek much-needed help after their injury or loss. Just as important, it makes sure that businesses face real consequences for endangering their customers and the public.
Despite the importance of dram shop law, though, police don't invest many resources in tracking down businesses that break it. If one may have contributed to a DWI crash then it's often better to seek proof of that independently (with the right allies' help) instead of waiting for authorities to sort it out. Armed with evidence obtained by independent investigators, many people have successfully held negligent alcohol providers accountable for their role in tragic crashes like the one in Aransas Pass.