William Brunt Jr. Killed in Car Accident on US-62/82 in Crosby County, TX
Crosby County, TX — September 5, 2022, 71-year-old William Brunt Jr. died when a vehicle struck his parked SUV on U.S. Highway 62/82 in Crosby County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 2:30 p.m. on US-62/82. Preliminary investigation suggests Brunt's Hyundai Tucson was parked on the east shoulder of the highway when a Honda CR-V, driven by 38-year-old Enrique Martinez, approached on the roadway. For unknown reasons the car partially crossed into the shoulder and rear-ended the SUV.
Brunt was fatally injured in the crash. Three passengers from the SUV and Martinez were all transported to a Lubbock hospital.
Investigators noted a suspicion that Martinez was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident and requested a warrant for his hospital treatment records.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on William Brunt Jr. Accident in Crosby County
If treatment records or blood tests confirm investigators' suspicions and the driver was intoxicated when this terrible incident occurred, he may face some serious consequences for his poor choices that night. It's only fitting that drunk drivers receive stiff punishments considering the risk they pose to themselves and the public.
Moreover, depending on where and how the driver drank there may be further questions of liability to settle; under Texas dram shop law, any business that over-served him may be liable for the damage done to everyone he hit on the shoulder of the highway.
Some dispute whether a business should be held accountable for just giving customers what they want, but keep in mind that over-service of alcohol is flat-out illegal. Any business that does it is already in the wrong, and what's more everyone responsible for catastrophic wrecks like the one in Crosby County should absolutely be accountable for the damage they helped do. I've worked on more liquor liability cases than almost anyone else in the state, and I've seen the devastating effects of a bar's recklessness far too often. If that negligence can be nipped in the bud and people hurt by it can get some much-needed help, that seems like more than enough reason to carefully investigate the matter.