• July 28, 2022

Cory Gilbert, Paul Desormeaux Injured in Chambers County, TX Accident on Bayshore Rd

UPDATE (August 9, 2022): Sources have identified the injured passenger in this accident as Paul Desormeaux.

Chambers County, TX — July 3, 2022, Cory Gilbert and his passenger were injured in a single-vehicle crash on Bayshore Road in Chambers County.

According to reports the incident happened around 5:45 p.m. on Bayshore near Poncho Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Gilbert was driving a Ford F-350 pickup truck north on Bayshore when he ran straight through a curve and exited the road to the north. The pickup crashed into the north ditch and came to a stop.

A 48-year-old passenger in the pickup suffered serious injuries in the crash. Gilbert reportedly received minor injuries, but later reports indicate he passed away on July 4. It is unclear if the accident and his passing are related.

Investigators believe Gilbert was intoxicated at the time of the crash and collected blood samples for testing.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Cory Gilbert, Paul Desormeaux Accident in Chambers County

It's serious any time police bring up alcohol as a possible factor in an accident. Obviously it's hazardous for someone to drive around under the influence, but there are actually more implications to a DWI crash than people may realize. For instance, a lot of folks who call the firm are surprised when I want to know where the driver was drinking prior to their accident. Why does that matter?

People often don't realize that bars and other licensed alcohol providers (nightclubs, restaurants, stores) may be liable for the damage done in a drunk-driving crash if they sold or served drinks to an obviously intoxicated person. If a business over-serves someone who clearly shouldn't be sold more alcohol, they violate Texas dram shop law and may be responsible for any harm their customer causes or suffers while under the influence.

Cory Gilbert, Paul Desormeaux Injured in Chambers County, TX Accident on Bayshore Rd

To be clear, over-service isn't always a matter of a bar serving shots until someone falls off their stool. Any business that sells or serves drinks, from a neighborhood pub to a fancy restaurant to a corner store, is obligated by law not to sell someone alcohol if it's clear he's past his limits. Not every DWI crash starts with a dram violation, but it's an important detail to look into. If a law-breaking business had a hand in the damage done, it should be held accountable for that.

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