• August 09, 2022

Barbara Jean Lewis Injured in Alleged DWI Accident in Harris County, TX

UPDATE (August 19, 2022): Recent reports game more details about the crash. Reports said that 57-year-old Barbara Jean Lewis was in a Chevy Equinox traveling westbound on Ley Road at around 3:30 p.m. At the intersection of Homestead Road, police say a Ford Excursion ran a red light, crashing into Lewis's vehicle. As a result, Lewis had reportedly incapacitating injuries. Police say that the other driver was intoxicated and included a .392 BAC test result. No further information about the crash is available at this time.

Harris County, TX -- August 7, 2022, Barbara Jean Lewis was injured due to an accident which involved an allegedly intoxicated driver.

Investigators did not give specific information surrounding the accident itself. Their reports said only that Barbara Jean Lewis sustained injuries due to a motor vehicle accident. A driver involved, identified in reports as Lorenzo Rosas Cancino, was allegedly intoxicated at the time and allegedly left the scene.

Documents show that Rosas Cancino faces pending charges for intoxication assault as well as failure to stop and render aid. Additional details are unavailable at this time.

Commentary on Barbara Jean Lewis Alleged DWI Accident in Harris County

These are obviously serious allegations, and clearly authorities are taking the claims seriously. But that doesn't make all of this open-and-shut. The recent reports allege that the driver accused of being drunk here was almost five times the legal limit. In my experience, it's almost guaranteed someone who is that intoxicated was illegally over-served by a local alcohol provider. But why does that matter for the victims and families involved?

Barbara Jean Lewis Injured in Alleged DWI Accident in Harris County, TX

Put simply, bars, liquor stores, restaurants, and other venues can be on the hook for contributing to crashes like this. Alcohol providers can be liable for accidents due to dram shop law if they over-served the driver responsible for the accident while they were obviously intoxicated. Not only can this get the victims much needed help that may not otherwise be available to them, it also ensures a negligent business putting the community in danger faces consequences for their actions. Is that something authorities have looked into, or will getting folks the help they need require more thorough independent investigations?

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