Britney Hawkins, 1 Other Injured in Car Accident on TX-6 in Haskell County
Haskell County, TX — July 24, 2022, 22-year-old Britney Hawkins and a 20-year-old man were injured in a single-vehicle crash on State Highway 6 in Haskell County.
According to reports the incident happened around 1:00 a.m. on TX-5 near mile marker 248. Preliminary investigation suggests a Lincoln MKX was traveling north on the highway when it briefly drifted left of center into the oncoming lane. The driver steered hard back to the right and the sedan entered a side-skid into the east bar ditch. The driver veered back left and the car passed through the roadway, vaulted 50 over the west embankment, and crashed into a tree.
The driver suffered serious injuries in the wreck. Hawkins reportedly received minor injuries. Police believed neither were wearing seat belts when they crashed.
According to reports police found open alcohol containers in the car and Hawkins admitted both she and the driver had been drinking. Blood was drawn from the driver for testing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Britney Hawkins Accident in Haskell County
Given the circumstances of this crash and the passenger's admission that they were drinking, it seems reasonable that alcohol is considered a factor. Blood test results should offer some insight into exactly how big a contribution (if any) it made.
Some may wonder how important it really is to learn how much of a factor impairment was, but they may not realize that alcohol-related wrecks are sometimes a little more complex than simply blaming the whole thing on the driver. For instance, if a local business sold or served the driver drinks even though he was clearly past his limits, it may have violated dram shop law. That could have important implications for both the injured crash victims.
Dram shop law says an alcohol-selling vendor (bars, clubs, restaurants, stores, etc) may not provide more drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer. If they do and then he causes harm while impaired, the business may then be obligated to help anyone he hurt--including himself.
Not every DWI crash involves a dram shop violation, but it's important to find out for sure in case anyone besides the driver should be held accountable for their part. It also gives anyone hurt by drunk drivers a way to seek assistance with getting back on their feet. Unfortunately despite its clear benefits police rarely look too hard for dram violations; will they do so here, or would the victims be better served by independent investigations?