Minivan Crashes into Dollar Tree, Four Injured in McAllen, TX
McAllen, TX — August 21, 2022, four people were injured when a vehicle crashed into a Dollar Tree location on North Ware Road in McAllen.
Reports say the incident happened on the 1400 block of North Ware near Farm to Market Road 495. There aren't many specifics yet about this incident, but a passenger vehicle thought to be a minivan allegedly crashed through the wall of the Dollar Tree in the shopping center.
Four occupants of the van were taken to area hospitals for treatment of unspecified injuries.
The investigation is ongoing as officials try to determine if the driver was intoxicated.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Dollar Tree Crash on Ware Rd in McAllen
Authorities are still trying to figure out how this happened, but some people may already have theories of their own. For example, they may say that when a vehicle hits a stationary object--particularly a large and unmistakable one like a building--that it's likely impairment was a factor.
It seems like authorities are thinking along the same lines based on what the news said about their investigation. If conclusive evidence shows that alcohol played a part that might make things more complex. Investigators would then need to find the drinks' source in case a local business violated dram shop law. If so the business might then be liable for the injuries the driver both caused and suffered.
Having said that,, it's important to add that alcohol is only a theory at this point. I read the same reports as everyone else and I'm not claiming to know more or better than police. I mention dram shop law because it can help many people hurt in these accidents, but it may not even apply here. Investigators still need to look into many other possible factors like road conditions, vehicle failures, and sudden medical episodes affecting the driver, just to name a few.
The most important thing is to find clear answers about how and why the wreck occurred. Any action beyond that may depend on exactly what is learned.