• August 01, 2022

Jimmie Hawkins Killed, Marc Thompson Injured in Car Accident on I-45 in Harris County, TX

UPDATE (August 4, 2022): Authorities identified victims involved in the accident. The man killed in the crash was identified as Jimmie Hawkins. The injured passenger was Marc Thompson. Right now, additional details about the crash cannot be confirmed.

Harris County, TX -- July 31, 2022, one person was killed and one was injured following an accident where two vehicles crashed on I-45.

Authorities were called to the area of I-45 and Rankin Road at around 2:41 a.m. According to reports, officials said that a Mercedes was traveling along the freeway and somehow hit the back of a Jeep. The Mercedes then ran onto the feeder road, and the driver was thrown from the vehicle at some point.

Due to the crash, the driver of the vehicle sustained fatal injuries. The passenger in the car had serious injuries. No other injuries were reported.

At this time, the exact cause of the crash remains unclear.

Commentary on Fatal Car Accident on North Freeway in Harris County

This early in the morning, folks will no doubt jump to conclusions that the driver was likely intoxicated. Harris County having so many alcohol-related crashes no doubt feeds that belief even more. But things aren't always so simple, and it's important that those affected by the tragic accident know they're getting the full story. That's especially true if someone out there is responsible for contributing to these awful events.

Jimmie Hawkins Killed, Marc Thompson Injured in Car Accident in Harris County, TX

Something to consider, for example, is dram shop law. It says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Someone on their way home from a bar may have been illegally over-served, so taking steps to seek out and hold accountable a complicit establishment can help the victims and families while also making the community safer for everyone.

Of course, that's only if alcohol was even a factor here. For all we know, the victims' car was cut off or had some kind of mechanical issues. Maybe this was something as simple as cell phone or fatigue related. Maybe other events neither driver could control led to the crash. One way or another, having investigators get clear answers about what happened means ensuring there are thorough investigations as soon as possible.

[jump]

*We appreciate your feedback and welcome anyone to comment on our blog entries, however all visitor blog comments must be approved by the site moderator prior to showing live on the site. By submitting a blog comment you acknowledge that your post may appear live on the site for any visitors to see, pending moderator approval. The operators of this site are not responsible for the accuracy or content of the comments made by site visitors. By submitting a comment, blog post, or email to this site you acknowledge that you may receive a response with regard to your questions or concerns. If you contact Grossman Law Offices using this online form, your message will not create an attorney-client relationship and will not necessarily be treated as privileged or confidential! You should not send sensitive or confidential information via the Internet. Since the Internet is not necessarily a secure environment, it is not possible to ensure that your message sent via the Internet might be kept secure and confidential. When you fill out a contact or comment form, send us an email directly, initiate a chat session or call us, you acknowledge we may use your contact information to communicate with you in the future for marketing purposes, but such marketing will always be done in an ethical way.