Brian King Killed in Alleged Drunk Driver Accident on Katy Freeway in Harris County, TX
UPDATE (August 23, 2022): Reports identified the man killed in the accident as Brian King. Additional details about the accident are unavailable at this time.
Harris County, TX -- July 24, 2022, one person was killed in an accident where an allegedly drunk driver hit a pedestrian on Katy Freeway.
Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 12:35 a.m. along the Katy Freeway service road near Mason Road.
Officials said that an unidentified man who was along the Mason Creek embankment was nearby when a woman's Ford Edge ran off-road and hit him. The vehicle then crashed off-road.
As a result of the collision, the pedestrian succumbed to fatal injuries. The woman was flown to a hospital. Police believe that driver was intoxicated, but this cannot currently be confirmed.
Commentary on Brian King Alleged Drunk Driving Accident in Harris County
Folks in the greater Houston area are rightfully sick of reading headlines like this. I doubt it would be any comfort to them to know I speak to people all over the state affected by similar incidents nearly everyday. It's one of the reasons I do what I can to better inform the public of what can come next in these situations. Seeing that police suspect alcohol was a factor here, one important consequences could be dram shop law.
Put simply, dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Bars, restaurants, liquor stores, gas stations--these businesses have rules to follow, and they have consequences they can face for breaking these rules. The fact those consequences can be a significant source of help for the victims involved only makes it more crucial to consider. Are those steps being taken here?