Zoe Judson Injured in Single-Vehicle Crash on CR 1492 in Hays County, TX
Hays County, TX — July 25, 2022, 18-year-old Zoe Judson was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on County Road 1492 in Hays County.
According to reports the incident happened around 11:40 p.m. on CR 1492 near Ranch to Market Road 12. Preliminary investigation suggests Judson was driving an Audi Q3 SUV southeast on the roadway when she lost control at alleged unsafe speeds. The SUV ran off the road to the south and hit a tree.
Judson suffered serious injuries in the crash. Investigators noted a belief that she was under the influence of alcohol and collected blood samples for testing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Zoe Judson Accident in Hays County
Alcohol is always a serious factor to consider when reports say it might have caused a crash. Not only should someone under the age of 21 never get the alcohol necessary to be in a DWI wreck, but it's also possible that a third party should face consequences for providing it to her.
With just a few exceptions, any adult giving alcohol to an underage person will likely face legal trouble if caught. Businesses that directly sell it to minors may even lose their licenses. In addition, those same businesses may actually be liable for the damage their young customers cause or suffer while under the influence due to Texas dram shop law.
Over the years working on dram shop and liquor liability cases, I've learned that alcohol vendors willing to sell to underage people don't usually have problems with over-serving them as well. If one did that in Hays County, it may have a duty to help the victim get back on her feet after the crash.
To be clear, so far alcohol use hasn't even been confirmed--to say nothing of whether anyone provided it illegally to the young driver. It just seems like a matter worth investigating more carefully in case a local business is getting too casual about who can buy alcohol there. Will police trace the drinks back to their source, or would an independent investigation stand a better chance of getting that young driver the help she deserves?