Six Injured in Wrong-Way Crash on Loop 820 in Benbrook, TX
Benbrook, TX — July 22, 2022, six people were injured in a multi-vehicle crash caused by a wrong-way driver on Southwest Loop 820 in Benbrook.
According to reports the incident happened around 5:30 a.m. on SW Loop 820. Preliminary investigation suggests only that a 19-year-old from Arlington was driving a Honda Accord east in the westbound lanes of the highway, against traffic, when he crashed into three other vehicles.
Six people in total were injured in the pileup. Two of the victims and the wrong-way driver were transported to area hospitals. Police say the teen driver may face a DWI charge after his release.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Wrong-Way Crash on Loop 820 in Benbrook
It sets off some pretty serious warning bells when someone drives on the wrong side of the road, particularly in an early-morning (or very late-night, depending on perspective) crash. There are a few common explanations for it--disorientation in an unfamiliar area, limited visibility on a dark stretch of road, distraction from something inside the vehicle, intoxication--and each deserves careful investigation.
Intoxication in particular is important to look into here since the driver was under the legal drinking age of 21. I'm not naive enough to think teens can't get alcohol if they try, but at the same time they often have help. It's already troubling enough to think someone might have illegally given the driver his drinks, but even more concerning is the idea that a local business sold them to him.
If that happened the business may be in hot water not only for serving a minor, but also possibly over-serving him. Businesses that keep pouring drinks for obviously intoxicated customers may be legally responsible for the damage those customers cause and suffer under dram shop law.
Right now it seems to be investigators' best guess that intoxication was a factor, but guesses shouldn't be confused with conclusive facts. The teen driver is entitled to the benefit of the doubt the same as anyone else unless clear evidence shows otherwise. In the meantime it's best nobody jump to any conclusions. The truth is a matter for investigators to find out; will law enforcement invest the time and effort to do so--including where the alcohol came from?