Teen Girl Killed, Brittney Moran Injured in Crash on Castle Drive in Garland, TX
Garland, TX — September 9, 2022, a 13-year-old girl died and two people were hurt in a collision involving a crossover driver on Castle Drive in Garland.
Authorities say the incident happened around 5:00 p.m. on Castle Drive near Toler Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a vehicle was traveling north on the roadway when the driver crossed through the center median, then crashed head-on with a southbound SUV and caught fire.
The SUV's 13-year-old passenger and her mother, later identified as Brittney Moran, were critically injured in the crash. Both were taken to area hospitals, where the girl died the next day. Another teen in the vehicle sustained moderate injuries.
The crossover driver, 30-year-old Jeremy Spencer, was also hospitalized. Investigators believe he was impaired at the time of the crash. He faces potential charges of intoxication assault and intoxication manslaughter.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Crossover Accident on Castle Dr in Garland
Some might think the serious charges set on the crossover driver are essentially all the "consequences" anyone should expect, and it's certainly important to see that he is held responsible for the tragic damage he did to the victims. However, I believe that should apply to everyone who played a role in causing the accident, not just the DWI driver.
For example, police strongly suspect alcohol was a factor. If blood tests confirm that, the drunk driver may not be the only one to hold accountable for the damage done in Garland. If a local bar or other alcohol vendor over-served him before he drove, that business may be liable for the victims' injuries under Texas dram shop law. If so, the business would have a legal duty to make whatever amends it could to them and their family.
Despite how important it is to stop law-breaking bars from endangering communities, I've learned over the years that police don't look very hard for dram shop violations. If a bar or other vendor may have contributed to the terrible and tragic incident on Castle Drive, it may be better to seek proof of that independently with help from experienced allies. Armed with the evidence they find, many people hurt by bad alcohol providers have held them accountable for the life-altering damage they helped cause.