Teen Killed, Another Injured; Dionelle Pulsingay Arrested after Plainview, TX Car Accident
Plainview, TX — September 11, 2022, a 17-year-old died and another was injured in a pair of crashes off Interstate 27 in Plainview.
Authorities say the incidents began early Sunday morning along the west I-27 service road. Preliminary investigation suggests 19-year-old Dionelle Pulsingay was driving an Infiniti vehicle south when she lost control. The vehicle passed through the road's median and overturned, then rolled several times.
A 17-year-old passenger in the vehicle was ejected during the rollover and suffered fatal injuries. Soon after the Infiniti came to rest it was hit by a Ford SUV, ejecting a second 17-year-old passenger. That person was airlifted to a Lubbock hospital in serious condition. No other injuries were reported.
Investigators suspected Pulsingay of being intoxicated when she crashed. She allegedly told them she had just left a quinceañera where she had been drinking.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Dionelle Pulsingay Accident in Plainview
While it seems there may be further work to do here to determine exactly how and why the secondary crash occurred, responsibility for the first one seems to lie with the driver of the Infiniti. Drunk driving is an exceptionally dangerous choice to make, and as we see in Plainview that choice can have devastating consequences.
Whatever consequences may away that young woman, there may be another issue to look into more carefully: Where she got her alcohol. Not only should someone younger than 21 never get the alcohol necessary to be in a DWI wreck, but a third party may also deserve consequences for providing it to her.
With just a few exceptions, any adult giving alcohol to an underage person will likely face legal trouble if caught. Businesses that directly sell it to them may even lose their licenses. In addition, those same businesses may actually be liable for the damage their young customers cause or suffer while under the influence due to Texas dram shop law.
Early reports say the suspect drank at a party, so it may be that no dram shop violation occurred here. However, it's a detail to make sure of one way or the other during the investigation. Will police make sure that part is addressed, or should independent experts take another look on behalf of the teens who lost their lives in the accident?