Madison Thibodeau Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on Cardinal Dr in Beaumont, TX
Beaumont, TX — August 7, 2022, 23-year-old Madison Thibodeau died in a single-vehicle accident on Cardinal Drive in Beaumont.
According to reports the incident happened around 11:55 p.m. on southbound Cardinal Drive at Texas 347. Preliminary investigation suggests that Thibodeau was a passenger in a two-door Jeep Wrangler headed south in that area when the driver took the TX-347 exit and may have lost control. The Jeep ran off the road and flipped, then came to rest upside-down and caught fire.
The vehicle's driver escaped and was nearby when police arrived; they were taken to a local hospital. Thibodeau was pronounced dead at the scene.
No further information is available at this time.
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UPDATE (October 26, 2022): Later reports suggest the injured driver had a BAC of .097, just north of the legal limit at the time of the crash. In their opinion that alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the wreck and the victims' injuries. I don't say that with any judgment, but it may mean there's more to this investigation than folks realize.
Texas dram shop law holds businesses that over-serve alcohol responsible for the injuries their intoxicated patrons cause or suffer while under the influence. However, not every drunk driving crash begins with a clear dram violation. For example, one of the conditions is that a business must have sold or served drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer. It's hard to say whether someone just a hair past the legal limit would have shown clear signs of impairment, but it's an important issue to look into--especially since the wreck cost a young lady her life. Will police find out whether the driver is the only one to hold accountable for that tragedy?
ORIGINAL: People are often quick to blame single-vehicle accidents on the drivers, particularly when they happen late at night. The common theories usually include things like speeding, distraction from a phone, or even intoxication. Those are important to evaluate--especially intoxication, since that might mean a local business broke Texas dram shop law and should be held accountable.
However, nothing can be taken for granted before police have a chance to find more facts. It's best to consider every possible contributing factor, even less-likely ones. After all, how many people blamed the victims of crashes caused by the GM ignition switch defect before everyone learned that a faulty part in their vehicles was responsible for the damage done?
Investigating a single-vehicle wreck is a lot more complex than most people realize, and doing it right requires a lot of time and experience, as well as advanced equipment that police don't always have. It's crucial to recognize and evaluate all the possibilities to make sure nothing slips through the cracks. To learn more about that, click the image below.