• August 18, 2022

William Choate Jr. Injured in Solo Crash on Neal Rd in Angelina County, TX

Angelina County, TX — June 25, 2022, 54-year-old William Choate Jr. was injured in a single-vehicle accident on Neal Road in Angelina County.

According to reports the incident happened around midnight on Neal near Walker Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Choate was driving a Nissan Frontier pickup truck east on Neal when he alleged a deer ran into the road ahead. He said he swerved left and lost control, then hit a tree. After the impact he backed onto the road and then drove home.

Reports say Choate suffered serious injuries in the accident. Hospital records later showed he had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .22 at the time.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on William Choate Jr. Accident in Angelina County

The crash victim's reported impairment may net him some legal consequences, but while folks may think that's more or less the end of things investigators should also find out where his alcohol came from. Why is that important? Because if he was over-served by a local business, it may now be liable for his injuries.

Texas dram shop law basically says alcohol vendors like bars, restaurants, clubs, and stores can't sell or serve drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer. If they keep refilling someone's glass or sell him a six-pack when they can clearly tell he's past his limits, they break the law. Period. In those cases they may be liable if their customer hurts himself or anyone else while under the influence of those drinks.

William Choate Jr. Injured in Solo Crash on Neal Rd in Angelina County, TX

Dram shop claims serve the dual purposes of getting badly-injured people help with their recovery and also teaching negligent businesses a lesson about getting their priorities in order. It's not clear whether a dram violation occurred here, but in the interest of a full and thorough investigation the possibility should be considered. If police won't do that, maybe an independent investigation would do more to help the victim.

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