Kenneth Noble Injured in Single-Vehicle Crash on SH 77 in Robinson, TX
Robinson, TX — July 28, 2022, 48-year-old Kenneth Noble was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on State Highway 77 in Robinson.
According to authorities the incident happened around midnight on TX-77 (Robinson Drive) near Peplow Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests Noble was driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck south on the highway when he reportedly failed to maintain a single lane. The pickup drifted through the median and the northbound lanes, then hit a metal TxDOT pole on the roadside.
Kenneth Noble suffered serious injuries in the crash. His passenger, 21-year-old Hannah Noble, reportedly received non-incapacitating injuries.
Officers suspected Noble was intoxicated at the time of the crash and ordered toxicology tests. Results are pending.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Kenneth Noble Accident in Robinson
Police seem to think alcohol was a factor in this crash. If blood test results confirm that, the injured driver may face some legal consequences for his choices and for the damage he caused. However, it's not my place to speculate about his fate in court or to preach about the perils of DWI.
Instead, I want to address a different element of alcohol-related crashes that might help the victims--including the driver--get back on their feet. Texas dram shop law says that alcohol vendors (bars, restaurants, clubs, stores, etc) can't sell or serve more alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers. If they keep serving someone clearly past his limits, they may be considered liable for any damage he does--even to himself--while under the influence.
Having said that, I should repeat that intoxication is just a suspicion unless proven. Moreover, even if alcohol was consumed that doesn't necessarily mean a bar violated dram shop law with over-service. I only know from long experience that a dram shop claim could have helped many people who never knew they had such rights, so I talk about it after accidents where it might be a concern. If a local business violated its legal duties and someone suffered as a result, that business should be held properly accountable and make whatever amends it can to the people it hurt.