Diana Markham Killed in Midland County, TX Auto Accident on CR 127
Midland County, TX — July 30, 2022, Diana Markham was killed in a single-vehicle accident on County Road 127 in Midland County.
According to reports the incident happened around 6:35 p.m. along West CR 127 near CR 1282. Preliminary investigation suggests Markham, 55, was driving a GMC Canyon west on the road when she lost control for unknown reasons. The GMC went off the road to the right and she over-corrected, causing the Canyon to enter a side-skid. It slid into a telephone pole and a fence.
Markham was ejected in the crash and suffered fatal injuries.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Diana Markham Accident in Midland County
UPDATE (September 28, 2022): Toxicology reports later showed victim had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 at the time of her accident. I say that with no judgment, but evidence that she was over the legal limit for intoxication may mean there's more to this investigation.
Texas dram shop law holds businesses that over-serve alcohol responsible for the injuries their intoxicated patrons cause or suffer while under the influence. Not every DWI crash starts with a law-breaking bar, but finding out where the drinks came from is an important and often-neglected step when ensuring families get justice for their loss.
I'm not saying I know of a particular business that over-served the victim, but it seems like an important detail to work out in case someone is endangering their customers and community. Unfortunately, police rarely look past the drivers to find out where they drank, so if a dram violation is suspected it's usually best to seek help elsewhere from people who know how to get the needed proof. With that in hand many victims and families have held bad businesses accountable for the devastating damage they helped cause.
ORIGINAL: People have a tendency to blame single-vehicle accidents like this on the drivers without much consideration. It's true that mistakes at the wheel like speeding, distraction from a cell phone, and in some cases even intoxication are behind many single-vehicle crashes, but even though those things are common they can't and shouldn't be taken for granted.
To ensure the truth is found all the possibilities--even less-common ones like road hazards or failures/defects in the vehicle--deserve careful consideration. Click below to learn more.