• July 27, 2022

Matthew Powell Killed in Rollover Accident on Nine Mile Bridge Rd in Tarrant County, TX

Tarrant County, TX — July 1, 2022, 21-year-old Matthew Powell was killed in a single-vehicle accident on Nine Mile Bridge Road in Tarrant County.

According to reports the incident happened around 11:30 p.m. on Nine Mile Bridge near Las Brisas Trail. Preliminary investigation suggests Powell was driving a Dodge Charger east on the roadway when he allegedly failed to negotiate a curve. The car traveled straight off the road and into the bar ditch, then overturned and rolled northward through the road until it came to rest.

Powell was partially ejected during the rollover and suffered fatal injuries. Investigators noted he may have been intoxicated at the time and collected blood samples for testing.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Matthew Powell Accident in Tarrant County

If blood tests confirm the victim was intoxicated as police suspect, some may think there isn't much else to say about that since his tragic passing means he's beyond any legal consequences. However, knowing intoxication was a factor could mean there's another party to hold accountable for the damage done. That's why it's important to talk about Texas dram shop law.

Matthew Powell Killed in Rollover Accident on Nine Mile Bridge Rd in Tarrant County, TX

Under dram shop law, licensed alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries he causes or suffers while under the influence. Too often people--including investigators--focus too much on the drivers in these accidents and don't give a second thought to the bars, restaurants, and stores that knowingly and willingly served them past their limits.

Having said that, I want to be clear that intoxication is just a theory unless clear evidence proves it. It's important not to lose sight of other possible explanations in the meantime. Anything from wet roads to vehicle malfunctions to simply getting distracted at a bad moment could have been behind the crash, and I'm not suggesting otherwise--just talking about an important part of the law that folks often aren't aware of. The most important thing right now is to be thorough and gather all the facts. Any other steps would depend on what those facts turn out to be.

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