Dominique Bettis Killed in Wrong-Way Accident on I-45 in Wilmer, TX
UPDATE (September 13, 2022): The person who died in this collision has been identified as 28-year-old Dominique Bettis.
Wilmer, TX — August 28, 2022, one person died in a wrong-way collision with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 45 in Wilmer.
Reports say the incident happened shortly after 3:00 a.m. along I-45 near Malloy Bridge Road, southeast of Dallas. Preliminary investigation suggests a Volvo SUV was traveling north in the southbound lanes of the freeway, against traffic, when it crashed head-on with a southbound Volvo 18-wheeler.
One person in the SUV was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Dominique Bettis Accident on I-45 in Wilmer
Is it possible this accident just happened due to disorientation in an unfamiliar place or unclear highway signage? Of course. However, considering the time when the accident occurred and its overall circumstances I have a feeling that police will strongly consider whether impairment was a factor. That's important to look into not just to learn the whole story, but also to find out whether the wrong-way driver was herself a victim of someone else's actions.
Texas dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries they cause and/or suffer while under the influence. If a bar serves someone to the point they enter the wrong side of an interstate without noticing and get in an accident, most people might wonder if the business cut their customer off when they were legally required to.
At the end of the day, it'll take more thorough independent investigations to actually say what happened here and who may truly be responsible. Would it really be okay for the wrong-way driver to take all the blame if a bar was partly responsible for the tragic damage done in her accident? I'd imagine the victim's loved ones would want to see everyone responsible for their loss held properly accountable.