Woman Injured in SUV Rollover Crash on Richmond Ave in Houston, TX
Houston, TX — May 18, 2022, a 25-year-old woman was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on Richmond Avenue in Houston.
Reports say the incident happened around 3:10 a.m. on Richmond at Woodland Park. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving a Chevrolet Trailblazer south on Woodland Park when she allegedly ran a red light while turning east onto Richmond. The SUV hit the median curb, then overturned and rolled through the median onto westbound Richmond.
The driver suffered serious injuries in the crash. Investigators suspected she was under the influence of alcohol and took blood samples for testing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Auto Accident on Richmond Ave in Houston
Houston law enforcement tends to be particularly touchy about alcohol given how many DWI accidents happen there, so they often mention intoxication after crashes where it might be a factor. Their theory would need clear evidence, though; typically that comes from blood test results or hospital treatment records. It's unclear whether they took steps to get either here, but neither would surprise me.
If evidence confirms their suspicions then some might the only thing left is to charge the suspect accordingly, but there could be more to look into. For example, if a local alcohol provider over-served the driver until she was too drunk to operate her vehicle correctly, that business may be responsible for her injuries under Texas dram shop law.
When a licensed alcohol vendor like a bar or restaurant over-serves an obviously intoxicated customer, it should answer for its illegal behavior the same as anyone else. Dram shop law gives people hurt in DWI crashes (including the drivers) the right to seek help if they were negligently provided excessive quantities of alcohol. It also teaches the businesses who do that an important lesson about their priorities and obeying the law.
I don't know that alcohol was definitely a factor in the Houston crash, let alone that a specific business should be investigated for its role. If police don't plan to look into a possible dram violation, though, maybe an independent investigation would find more answers to help the injured victim.