• August 09, 2022

Nathan West Killed in Car Accident in Travis County, TX

Travis County, TX -- February 6, 2022, Nathan West was killed due to an accident where his vehicle crashed off the roadway.

Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 1:43 a.m. along the 6500 block of RM 620.

Officials said that 31-year-old Nathan West was in a Chrysler 300 traveling northbound on RM 620. The vehicle ran off-road on a curve, then veered to the left and crashed across the median. The vehicle hit several barrels before eventually hitting a pole.

Due to the crash, West sustained fatal injuries. In reports, authorities allege he had a .27 BAC following the crash. This and other details remain unconfirmed at this time.

Commentary on Nathan West Car Accident in Travis County

I just want to be clear up front I'm not here to upset anyone or to speak ill of the victim. I wouldn't draw conclusions without more thorough investigations into something like this. But when alcohol comes up in reports, my concern is police may only be getting a piece of the larger picture. That's because there are often alcohol providers liable for crashes like this police completely overlook. Did that happen here?

Nathan West Killed in Car Accident in Travis County, TX

Put simply, Texas dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. If a bar or similar venue recklessly over-serves someone, and that leads to a fatal collision, the business played a role in that tragic consequences. That's why the law provides dram shop as a tool for families to hold those businesses accountable and potentially get the help they need, as well.

Again, that may not be what happened here. But I know if I lost a loved one in an accident like this, I'd want to know every possible step was being taken to get answers.

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