Jason Goree Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on US-69 in Tyler County, TX
Tyler County, TX — August 14, 2022, 44-year-old Jason Goree died in a single-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 69 in Tyler County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 7:45 p.m. on US-69 near County Road 1220. Preliminary investigation suggests Goree was a passenger in a Chevrolet Trailblazer. The SUV was headed north on the highway and crested a hill. Police say the 31-year-old driver and Goree may have been arguing, causing the driver to become distracted; the SUV veered off the road to the east and hit a tree. It spun away from the impact and hit two more trees, then overturned and rolled.
The Chevy driver was ejected in the rollover and suffered serious injuries. Goree was fatally injured.
Toxicology tests later showed the Chevy driver had a BAC of approximately .15 at the time of the crash. Investigators noted she also admitted to drinking before the accident.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Jason Goree Accident in Tyler County
As blood test results and the driver's own confession seem to show here, alcohol played a significant role in this accident. Drunk drivers quite rightly face serious consequences for the dangers they pose to themselves and others, but I (and the law) believe everyone responsible for the damage done should be held accountable. That's why it's important for people affected by DWI accidents to know about Texas dram shop law.
Under dram shop law, licensed alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries she causes and/or suffers while under the influence. A dram shop claim against a law-breaking business lets DWI accident victims seek much-needed help and makes sure that business faces consequences for recklessly endangering its customers and community.
Despite how much help this area of the law can provide to victims and families, police don't invest many resources in tracking down law-breaking bars. It's often better to seek proof of over-service independently with the right allies' help. Armed with clear evidence, many people successfully hold negligent alcohol providers accountable for the damage they helped cause.