• August 25, 2022

Woman Killed in Alleged Drunk Driving Accident on I-45 in Freestone County, TX

Freestone County, TX -- July 17, 2022, one person was killed after an accident where an allegedly drunk driver crashed on I-45.

According to officials, the crash happened at around midnight along I-45 near mile marker 191. Reports said that a 38-year-old woman was in a Toyota Camry driven by a 38-year-old Lacey, Washington man.

Ahead, sources say that the vehicle of a 22-year-old Plano man was disabled in the middle of the road following a collision with an 18-wheeler. The Washington man swerved to avoid the disabled vehicle but hit it, then veered into the back of an 18-wheeler.

Due to the collision, the passenger in the Washington man's vehicle sustained fatal injuries. No other injuries were confirmed. Officials said that the Plano man was Emmanuel Baraka. He allegedly had a .284 BAC following the crash. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Alleged Drunk Driving Accident on I-45 in Freestone County

If the details surrounding this crash are true, then there are obviously some serious issues to address. The most obvious one would be the alleged drunk driving. A .284 BAC is three and a half times the legal limit. That makes me wonder if there's a local alcohol provider that contributed to this woman's tragic death. But how could that be?

Freestone County, TX Alleged Drunk Driving Accident Kills 1 on I-45

In Texas, dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Bars, liquor stores, restaurants, and even gas stations can be held accountable when their negligent actions lead to people getting hurt, just as drunk drivers can face consequences for their actions. Is that something authorities looked into here, or will getting the victim's loved ones the full story require more thorough independent investigations?


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