Donna Brown Injured in Auto Accident on TX-121 in Collin County
Collin County, TX — July 26, 2022, 62-year-old Donna Brown was seriously injured in a car accident on State Highway 121 in Collin County.
Reports say the incident happened around 3:20 p.m. on TX-121 at Farm to Market Road 2862. Preliminary investigation suggests Brown was driving a Ford Ranger pickup east on the highway as a Honda Accord was southbound on FM 2862 nearby.
Reports say the Honda driver failed to stop at the intersection and crashed into the front-left quarter of the eastbound pickup. After the impact the Ford caught fire.
Brown suffered serious injuries in the collision and was taken to an area hospital. The Honda driver was also taken to a hospital for possible injuries. Investigators mentioned finding alcohol in the Honda and detecting its odor on the driver's breath.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Donna Brown Accident in Collin County
Thanks to their observations at the scene, investigators thought alcohol was involved in this crash. The next step is confirming the theory; that usually means either drawing blood for testing or getting the DWI suspect's hospital records. Preliminary reports don't mention either, but neither would surprise me.
If evidence ultimately confirms that the suspect was impaired then some might think the only thing left is to charge him accordingly, but there could be more to look into. For example, if a local alcohol provider over-served the driver and got him too drunk to operate his vehicle correctly, that business may be responsible for his injuries under Texas dram shop law.
However, it's important not to fixate on just alcohol just because it's (strongly) suspected. Unless there's clear evidence of intoxication other possible variables should also be checked out. If police already have tunnel vision about DWI and don't plan to consider other possible factors (including a dram shop violation), maybe independent investigators should have another look to be sure the whole story is learned.