Jonathan Ferrell Killed, Two Injured in McKinney, TX Car Accident on Stonebridge Drive
McKinney, TX — July 28, 2022, 51-year-old Jonathan Ferrell died and another person was injured in a car accident on Stonebridge Drive in McKinney.
Reports say the incident happened around 8:05 p.m. on Stonebridge at University Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests Ferrell was driving a Kia Optima north on Stonebridge when he stopped at the University intersection in the left-turn lane. Nearby, an eastbound BMW 5 Series sedan approached on University in the right-turn lane.
Reports say the BMW driver failed to turn and instead drove through the intersection at an angle, running through the median of Stonebridge and crashing into the driver's side of the Kia.
Jonathan Ferrell sustained fatal injuries in the crash. A passenger in the Kia, 51-year-old Kristina Ferrell, reportedly received possible injuries. The BMW driver suffered incapacitating injuries.
Investigators suspected the BMW driver of intoxication and collected blood samples for testing.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Jonathan and Kristina Ferrell Accident in McKinney
If blood tests confirm alcohol was involved here as police think, some may think that just means the alleged drunk driver will be charged accordingly. However, evidence that intoxication was a factor would mean there are other possible issues to address--including a potential way to help the people hurt in the accident.
Under Texas dram shop law, licensed alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries he causes or suffers while under the influence. Anyone hurt by one of the accidents (including DWI driver and the families of people who lose their lives) deserves whatever assistance they can get with the long road to recovery. A dram shop claim against a negligent bar lets accident victims seek much-needed help AND makes sure the offending business faces consequences for endangering its customers and the public.
Unfortunately, despite how important it is to keep bad bars from putting people at risk police don't spend much time on dram violations. If a bar or other vendor may have contributed to the McKinney victims' injuries with over-service then it may be better to seek proof of that independently with the right allies' help. Armed with the evidence those professionals find, many folks have held bad alcohol providers accountable for the serious damage they helped cause.