Alleged DWI Driver Rear-Ends Car, Injuries Reported on US-75 in Van Alstyne, TX
Van Alstyne, TX — July 20, 2022, injuries were reported after an alleged drunk driver rear-ended a car on U.S. Highway 75 in Van Alstyne.
According to reports the incident happened around 6:00 p.m. in the area of Highway 75 and Van Alstyne Parkway. Preliminary investigation suggests 54-year-old Katherine Jones was driving in the area, allegedly under the influence of alcohol, when she crashed into the back of a car. The impact pushed the car down a nearby embankment and then caught fire.
The car's occupants, two women and children, escaped before the fire started. The women were transported to an area hospital and the children were released at the scene after treatment.
Investigators charged Jones with DWI and four counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Alleged DWI Crash on Highway 75 in Van Alstyne
It sounds from reports like investigators are pretty certain the striking driver was drunk, but as always they need clear proof. Usually police take blood samples for testing if DWI is suspected; reports don't say if they did that but it wouldn't surprise me.
If test results confirm intoxication was a factor, that may mean the at-fault driver has some legal consequences coming. However, it's not my place to talk about those. Instead I want to talk about how to help the victims with the difficult road to recovery. For that we should talk about Texas dram shop law.
Dram shop law basically says that bars, restaurants, liquor stores, and other vendors can be held legally accountable if they keep selling drinks to obviously intoxicated customers who then hurt someone in accidents like the one above.
It's unclear whether a business was even involved in the Van Alstyne crash, let alone whether it over-served the suspect. Not every DWI crash starts with a dram shop violation, but it's an important detail to work out during the investigation.
Unfortunately police rarely have the time or resources to look into it, so it's often better to have independent investigators do so. No matter who does the looking, though, the sooner someone investigates what led to the crash the sooner there can be some useful answers. Any further steps would largely depend on what those answers turn out to be.