Roy Woodard Jr., 2 Others Injured in Irving, TX Wrong-Way Crash
Irving, TX — May 14, 2022, 30-year-old Roy Woodard Jr. was injured in a crash with a commercial truck on John Carpenter Freeway in Irving.
According to reports the incident happened around 3:20 a.m. on Carpenter Freeway near O'Connor Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Woodard was driving a Kia Forte sedan north in the southbound express lane of the highway, against traffic, when he collided head-on with a southbound Kenworth 18-wheeler. After the impact the big rig swerved and crashed into the median barrier.
Woodard and the Kenworth driver suffered serious injuries in the accident. A passenger in the big rig received minor injuries.
Investigators believed Woodard was intoxicated by alcohol at the time of the crash and drew blood samples for testing.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Roy Woodard Jr. Accident in Irving
It's best not to jump to any conclusions about what happened here before evidence can tell the whole story. It may be tempting to point to something like intoxication--particularly because investigators themselves seem to think that's the case--but that's not proven at this point. It's still possible that something rarer like confusing signage, disorientation, or a medical complication caused the driver to accidentally travel against traffic. Even if those seem unlikely, a diligent investigation and the information it uncovers are the best tools to ensure the truth is known.
If blood tests results confirm impairment was a factor here, though, that may mean a local business should also be held accountable for the damage done. Most wrong-way crashes on controlled-access roads occur after the drivers are over-served alcohol somewhere, and the business that did so may be liable for any injuries that customer causes--even to himself--under Texas dram shop law.
Figuring out what comes next depends in large part on what investigators find, but will they look closely enough? Police focus primarily on what happened during the crash and whether anyone broke the law, but rarely consider its broader context or how to directly help the people affected. Whether they or independent professionals take a closer look, ensuring victims and families get the answers and assistance they deserve should always be a priority. Will that be done here?