Stacey Jones Injured in Alleged DWI Crash on US-377 in Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX — June 30, 2022, 57-year-old Stacey Jones was seriously injured in a car accident on U.S. Highway 377 in Hood County.
According to reports the incident happened around 7:30 p.m. on US-377 near Loop 567. Preliminary investigation suggests Jones was driving a Nissan Murano west on the highway as a Volkswagen Touareg was traveling east in the opposite lane.
Reports say Jones turned left into the path of the eastbound VW and the two collided in the roadway. The impact caused the Nissan to overturn and crash into a parked truck off the side of the road. The VW spun around and stopped in the south ditch.
Jones suffered serious injuries in the crash. Reports say she admitted to drinking alcohol beforehand and open containers were found in her vehicle. One person in the VW received minor injuries.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Stacey Jones Accident in Granbury
Any DWI crash victim, even a suspected drunk driver, deserves whatever assistance they can get with the long road to recovery. That's why it's important that victims and families know about Texas dram shop law.
When bars or other licensed alcohol vendors provide more drinks to obviously intoxicated customers, dram shop law says they may be liable for any injuries those customers cause or suffer while under the influence. The business would then have a legal duty to help the people hurt by its over-service.
Not every DWI accident starts with a dram violation. For instance, if the suspect bought those alcohol containers while sober and drank them on the road then it's not likely that a business could be held liable for the damage done in the crash. However, if she bought them despite already being past her limits that could be a different matter. It's an important distinction to make during a full investigation.
So will the authorities find out where the drinks came from? Sadly, I doubt it. Police don't look too hard for dram shop violations despite how important it is to put a stop to them. Victims of drunk driving accidents are usually better off with independent investigators looking for the evidence they need. Armed with what those experts find, many people have held law-breaking businesses accountable for the damage they helped cause.