Andre Jackson Killed in Alleged Intoxicated Driver Accident on Sam Houston Parkway in Houston, TX
UPDATE: Harris County officials identified the victim as Andre Jackson. Charges for intoxication manslaughter against Ahmad Davis are pending at time of reporting.
Houston, TX -- August 31, 2022, one person was killed due to an accident involving an allegedly intoxicated driver on Sam Houston Parkway.
Preliminary information suggests the crash happened at around 3:00 p.m. in the area of South Sam Houston Parkway West and South Post Oak Road.
Investigators said that 43-year-old Ahmad R. Davis was in a vehicle traveling along the roadway. The vehicle lost control, and it crashed into a pillar. Due to the crash, a 59-year-old man in Davis's vehicle sustained fatal injuries. Davis had unspecified injuries.
Right now, authorities allege that Davis was intoxicated at the time and will face charges. This has yet to be confirmed.
Commentary on Andre Jackson Alleged Intoxicated Driver Accident in Houston
These are obviously serious allegations. It's not for me to say if they're true or who is or isn't to blame. However, crashes with details like this come out of Houston all the time, and many of them end up on my desk. That's why I know how challenging things can be for the victims and families, and it's worth explaining why that is.
These details mention allegations of intoxicated driving, but they don't say what the suspected intoxicant was. This matters because alcohol specifically involves unique legal avenues both to get people the help they need and to see a negligent party held accountable for their actions. More concisely, investigators would need to find out if a bar or similar establishment contributed to the fatal crash.
In Texas, dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Bars, restaurants, liquor stores, and other venues have rules to follow. When they break those rules and people get hurt, they should face the appropriate consequences. Dram shop can see that happen while also providing an opportunity for the victims and families involved to get the help they need.
Again, I wouldn't be able to say that happened here without seeing the evidence for myself. I bring up dram shop because I rarely see authorities do so, and it's a crucial legal tool which Texans have a right to. Teaching that to as many people as possible may help fight against this seemingly endless problem our state seems to have with intoxicated drivers. Hopefully the full story about what happened here comes to light sooner rather than later.