Chasity Sheppard, Christopher Diaz Injured in Cedar Hill, TX Car Accident
Cedar Hill, TX — July 16, 2022, 28-year-old Chasity Sheppard and 37-year-old Christopher Diaz were seriously injured in a crash on Duncanville Road in Cedar Hill.
According to reports the incident happened around 2:20 a.m. on South Duncanville near Parkerville Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Diaz was driving an Audi A5 north on the roadway when he allegedly crashed into the back of Sheppard's northbound Chevrolet Malibu.
Sheppard and Diaz both received serious injuries in the crash.
Diaz refused to give a statement at the scene; investigators believed the accident was caused by him speeding under the influence of alcohol. Blood samples were collected for testing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Chasity Sheppard, Christopher Diaz Accident in Cedar Hill
If blood tests confirm the suspect was intoxicated as police believe, he may face some legal consequences for the damage done when he rear-ended the other vehicle. That's not really for me to remark upon, though, as any charges would be between him and the state.
Instead I think it's best to talk about ways to help both him and the person he hit get back on their feet. Any DWI accident victim, even the alleged drunk driver, deserves all the assistance they can get with the hard road to recovery. One way they might seek help in this case would be through Texas dram shop law.
Dram shop law basically says that an alcohol provider who sells or serves more drinks to an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries that person causes or suffers while under the influence. That means bars, restaurants, liquor stores, and other businesses can be held legally accountable when they keep pouring for clearly-drunk customers and those customers then hurt someone.
Whether or not a bar broke the law is an important thing to find out during a DWI investigation, but unfortunately police rarely look past the driver. If it's possible a negligent business should help the victims get their lives back on track, it might be better to have independent investigators look into that. No matter who does the looking, though, the sooner someone gets useful answers the better.