Jordan Newton Injured in Single-Vehicle Crash on FM 2125 in Brown County, TX
Brown County, TX — July 29, 2022, 27-year-old Jordan Newton was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on FM 2125 in Brown County.
According to reports the incident happened around 11:25 p.m. on FM 2125 near Main Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Newton was driving a Chevy C2500 pickup southwest on the roadway, having just left Wild Duck Marina Bar. The Chevy ran partway off the road to the right and Newton over-corrected, causing the pickup to yaw and skid through the roadway. It ran onto the other shoulder, then overturned and rolled into some trees and a fence.
Newton was ejected in the rollover and suffered serious injuries. Investigators requested a subpoena for blood tests results from his hospital treatment.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Jordan Newton Accident in Brown County
Reports suggest alcohol is a suspected factor in this crash. If his treatment records confirm that, the suspect may face some legal consequences for his choices that night. However, I'm more interested in looking at ways to help him recover from the injuries he suffered in that crash.
Texas takes alcohol-related wrecks very seriously, to the point of holding some alcohol-selling businesses responsible for the damage their customers cause or suffer. On many occasions it's learned such a business violated dram shop law.
In a nutshell, dram shop law prohibits licensed alcohol vendors (bars, clubs, restaurants, liquor and convenience stores, etc) from selling or serving alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers. If those businesses illegally over-serve customers, the law punishes them for ignoring their obligation to public safety. Moreover, it grants DWI crash victims--including the drivers--the right to hold those businesses responsible for their part in the damage done.
To be clear, I'm not accusing any specific businesses of illegal over-service. However, I notice that reports mentioned the victim leaving a specific bar just before the accident. It seems like a thorough DWI investigation would at least look more closely at how he spent his time there that night. If the bar's staff knowingly over-served him, then that bar may now have a legal duty to help him get back on his feet. Will police consider that during their investigation, or should independent experts have another look?