Marolin Gardner Killed by Alleged DWI Driver on State Line Ave in Texarkana, TX
Texarkana, TX — September 2, 2022, 63-year-old Marolin Gardner was killed in a traffic accident on State Line Avenue in Texarkana.
Authorities say the incident happened around 10:00 p.m. Friday on the 2100 block of State Line. Preliminary investigation suggests 42-year-old Christopher Telles was driving a Dodge Ram pickup north on the roadway when he crossed over the center line. After entering the oncoming lane the truck crashed head-on with Gardner's southbound car.
Gardner died at the scene. Telles was reportedly charged with intoxication manslaughter.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Marolin Gardner Accident in Texarkana
If clear evidence like blood test results shows the suspect was intoxicated as police suspect, then it looks as though he faces at least one very serious charge. That's not unreasonable; a woman lost her life, after all, and if his drunk driving caused that then appropriate consequences should follow. However, is he truly the only one that should be held accountable for the tragic and irreversible damage done? What about whoever provided his alcohol?
Some may not understand what I mean about holding an alcohol provider responsible here, but Texas dram shop law says a licensed alcohol vendor that sells or serves drinks to an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries that person causes while under the influence. The business could be a bar, liquor store, restaurant, or even a gas station, but if its staff provided alcohol to a person clearly past his limits then the law says they may be responsible for whatever harm he drunkenly causes. If so, the business would have a duty to make whatever amends it could to the people he hurt.
It's unclear if over-service was an issue in the Texarkana accident; even if the suspect was intoxicated, that doesn't necessarily mean a business broke the law by giving him too much. That detail just bears careful consideration in just about any wreck where alcohol and injuries are tied together. Everyone responsible for the terrible harm done on State Line Avenue should be held accountable. If that also means a grieving family can get some help with the long road ahead, surely that's worth looking into as well.