• July 26, 2022

Natalie Brown Killed, Scotty Brown Injured in Wichita Falls, TX Head-On Crash on Old Iowa Park Rd

UPDATE (August 11, 2022): It is our sad duty to relate that GMC passenger Natalie Brown, 58, reportedly died of injuries sustained in this accident on Thursday, August 4. 57-year-old Scotty Brown, driving the GMC, remained seriously injured.

Wichita Falls, TX — July 22, 2022, three people were injured in a head-on crash on Old Iowa Park Road in Wichita Falls.

According to reports the incident happened around 7:00 p.m. on the 2800 block of Old Iowa Park near Ridgeway Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests a GMC Terrain was eastbound on the roadway as a Kia Sportage was traveling west in the opposite lane.

Reports say the Kia driver tried to pass a truck ahead of her by using the center turn lane, but drifted into the eastbound lane and crashed head-on with the Terrain.

Both drivers and a passenger in the GMC reportedly suffered serious injuries.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Natalie and Scotty Brown Accident in Wichita Falls

UPDATE (August 11, 2022): The same reports that identified the victims of this crash say the driver who hit them faces an Intoxication Manslaughter charge. That's a very troubling allegation and if authorities are right then she may face serious legal consequences for her poor choices that day.

Some may think that's more or less the end of the matter, but Texas views alcohol-related wrecks a little differently. If the at-fault driver was drunk, then an additional step to the investigation would be finding out the source of her alcohol. Under Texas dram shop law that business might also be responsible for the terrible damage done on Old Iowa Park Road.

Under dram shop law a licensed alcohol vendor may not sell or serve drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer. Many bars and other businesses ignore that all the time and keep pouring as long as the money's good, then send their dangerously-drunk customers on their way without a second thought. That puts everyone on the road at risk and can have devastating consequences like those in Wichita Falls.

I'm not saying I know of a specific business that played a part in this wreck, but the possibility should be considered and carefully investigated. If the injured victims and their loved ones can get some much-needed help in the process, that's all the more reason to look into it.

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