• September 01, 2022

Dewayne Scott Killed in Car Accident on TX-43 in Harrison County

Harrison County, TX — August 7, 2022, 66-year-old Dewayne Scott died in a single-vehicle accident on State Highway 43 in Harrison County.

According to authorities the incident happened around 4:05 p.m. on TX-43 near County Road 2209. Preliminary investigation suggests Scott was driving a Nissan Maxima sedan south on the highway when he may have lost control in a curve. The car left the roadway to the right; Scott steered back into the southbound lane but then over-corrected back right. The Nissan left the road again and side-skidded into several nearby trees.

Scott was reportedly ejected and was then run over by his car. He suffered fatal injuries in the accident.

Investigators noted finding an open container of beer in the car and collected blood samples for testing.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Dewayne Scott Accident in Harrison County

After finding alcohol in the car it seems police suspect intoxication could have been a factor in the crash. That doesn't seem unreasonable, but it's also important to remember correlation is not causation. A single beer's presence doesn't necessarily mean the driver was impaired. The only way to know for sure is with something more concrete, like blood test results.

If they confirm investigators' suspicions, that may change how the investigation should be handled. Texas takes alcohol-related crashes seriously, to the point of also holding the businesses that sell it responsible when they over-serve their customers. Those violations are dealt with by dram shop law.

Dewayne Scott Killed in Car Accident on TX-43 in Harrison County

In a nutshell, dram shop law prohibits licensed alcohol vendors (bars, restaurants, liquor and convenience stores, etc) from selling or serving alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers. If they do so illegally and their customers go on to cause or suffer harm while under the influence, that business may be considered liable for the damage done.

So did a dram shop violation happen before this tragic accident? Only further investigation could say for sure. However, it's hard to say if police will follow upon that; if it's possible that a business's negligence was behind this crash, finding evidence of that may require an independent investigation.

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