• August 30, 2022

Charles Trammell III Killed by Alleged DWI Driver on US-287 in Fort Worth, TX

UPDATE (August 31, 2022): Later reports have identified the victim of this accident as Charles Trammell III.

Further investigation indicates Trammell was helping some stranded students change a vehicle's tire on the US-287 ramp when he was struck by Miguel Lopez and fell more than 60 feet to the road below.

Fort Worth, TX — August 27, 2022, a man was knocked off a U.S. Highway 287 ramp by an alleged DWI driver and died near downtown Fort Worth.

According to reports the incident happened shortly before 10:30 p.m. on an elevated US-287 ramp near Interstate 30. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was outside his vehicle and standing near it after a previous minor collision when 28-year-old Miguel Lopez approached in another vehicle. Lopez allegedly hit either the victim's disabled vehicle or the victim himself, one of which caused the man to fall off the side of the ramp.

The victim suffered fatal injuries in the fall. Lopez was arrested on potential charges of intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle and accident involving death.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Charles Trammell III Accident in Fort Worth

It's obviously serious when reports say a driver may have been drunk in a crash, but as much as DWI drivers should face consequences for their poor choices it's not my place to lecture about that. He'll have his day in court to answer for his actions and the state will punish him as it sees fit.

Instead of dwelling on what will happen to the driver, I try to look at the bigger picture because I believe everyone responsible for a tragic accident like this should be held properly accountable. With that in mind, it's important to talk about Texas dram shop law.

Charles Trammell III Killed by Alleged DWI Driver on US-287 in Fort Worth, TX

People don't always know this, but alcohol vendors have a legal responsibility not to over-serve their customers. If they do and anyone gets hurt because of a customer's intoxication, dram shop law gives the victims and their families the right to hold that business liable for the damage done. Not only can that be a significant source of help for people struggling to get back on their feet, but it also serves as a harsh lesson to negligent businesses and ensures they clean up their act before anyone else gets hurt.

With all that said, however, I wonder if investigators will even consider whether a dram shop violation was involved here. They'll come down hard on the drunk driver, yes, but may not do much about his "accomplice." That's why knowing about dram shop--and finding someone willing to investigate it carefully--is crucial. Will someone take steps to see justice done here?

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