Jeshua Turkington Injured in Car Accident in Bastrop, TX
Bastrop, TX -- June 19, 2022, Jeshua Turkington was injured due to an accident where two vehicles collided on the highway.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 12:24 a.m. along Highway 21 near Perkins Street.
It appears that 29-year-old Jeshua Turkington was in a Chevy Monte Carlo traveling eastbound on Highway 71 when it became disabled. Reports say Turkington was as far over "as possible" and had emergency lights activated. While Turkington was at the hood of the vehicle, a Toyota Rav4 crashed into Turkington's vehicle.
As a result of the collision, Turkington sustained incapacitating injuries. Police allege that the other driver had been drinking. This and other details remain unconfirmed.
Commentary on Jeshua Turkington Car Accident in Bastrop
If it's true that alcohol was a factor in this crash, there could obviously be some serious consequences. But that may be a bit more complex than the simple drunk driving charges folks may be thinking about. In Texas, it's also possible for alcohol providers to be in trouble for contributing to crashes like this. They may even be on the hook for the victim's injuries.
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. A bar, restaurant, liquor store, or even a gas station negligent over-serving someone can be held accountable when their actions cause harm to the community. Not only is this an effective tool for holding them responsible, it's also a vital source of assistance for the victims and families involved.
So while I can't say what did or didn't happen here, the consequences of the accident are such that it would be irresponsible not to at least consider dram shop as a possibility. Were those steps ever taken here?