• September 01, 2022

Terry Sandlin Killed in Caldwell County, TX Crash with Alleged DWI Driver on FM 1854

Caldwell County, TX — July 25, 2022, Terry Coleman Sandlin died in a three-vehicle accident on Farm to Market Road 1854 in Caldwell County.

According to authorities the incident happened around 5:50 a.m. on FM 1854 near Tomahawk Trail. Preliminary investigation suggests Josue Rangel was driving a Dodge Ram 3500 pickup south on the roadway when he reportedly crossed over the center line into oncoming traffic.

Nearby, a Honda Civic was headed north followed by Sandlin's Toyota Scion. The Honda driver swerved sharply to avoid the oncoming pickup; Sandlin, with no time to react, collided with the Dodge head-on.

Sandlin died in the collision. Rangel reportedly had possible injuries and the Honda driver was unhurt.

Rangel told investigators he crossed left of center due to looking at his phone; however, officers reportedly suspected he was intoxicated. They arrested him on suspicion of DWI and collected blood samples for testing.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Terry Sandlin Accident in Caldwell County

If blood tests confirm the suspect was impaired as police believe, some may think that just means he'll face appropriate charges and have his day in court. It's important that someone who endangered himself and others and caused tragic and irreversible damage face consequences, but I also think that's true for everyone who had a hand in a crash like this. That's why it's important to talk about Texas dram shop law.

Terry Sandlin Killed in Caldwell County, TX Crash with Alleged DWI Driver on FM 1854

Under dram shop law, licensed alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries he causes while under the influence. In a practical sense, that means a dram shop claim lets the people hurt in these accidents seek help and also makes sure businesses face consequences for their illegal and negligent behavior, just as the drivers they liquored up and turned loose do.

Not every DWI crash starts with a dram violation, but the source of the alcohol is an important detail to learn as part of the overall investigation. Unfortunately, police often overlook it and focus entirely on just charging the drunk driver. If a bar may have played a role, it's typically more effective to seek proof of that with the help of independent experts. Armed with the evidence they find, many people successfully hold negligent alcohol providers accountable for the damage they helped cause.

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