Lyrone Harris Injured in Car Accident on Georgia St in Amarillo, TX
Amarillo, TX — July 23, 2022, 37-year-old Lyrone Harris was injured in a single-vehicle accident on South Georgia Street in Amarillo.
According to reports the incident happened around 12:05 a.m. on South Georgia near Virginia Circle. Preliminary investigation suggests Harris was driving a Buick LeSabre north on the roadway, approaching the Virginia Circle intersection, when he lost control for unknown reasons. The Buick veered off the road and crashed into the sign for a Valero gas station at the intersection's southwest corner.
Harris suffered serious injuries in the collision. Investigators noted a belief that he was intoxicated by alcohol at the time and collected blood samples for testing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Lyrone Harris Accident in Amarillo
Police suspect alcohol was a factor in this crash. If blood tests confirm that, the injured man may face some legal consequences for his choices. However, it's not my place to speculate about those as they're between him and the state.
Instead, I want to address a different part of alcohol-related crashes that could help him get back on his feet. Texas dram shop law looks beyond drunk drivers to where and how they drank. If a local business over-served them it may have some consequences of its own coming--some of which could help the victim with his recovery.
Dram shop law basically says that alcohol vendors (bars, restaurants, clubs, stores, etc) can't sell or serve more alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers. If they do, they may be considered liable for any damage those customers do--even to themselves--while under the influence.
Having said that, I should repeat that alcohol's just a theory unless proven. Even though I'm explaining a few things about dram shop law, I don't know for sure they apply. I only know from decades of experience that it could have helped many people who never knew about it at all, so I talk about it after accidents where it might be a concern. If a local business violated its legal duties and someone suffered as a result, that business should be held properly accountable and make whatever amends it can to the people it hurt.