Lacy and Justin Smith Injured by Alleged DWI Driver on Palo Pinto St in Weatherford, TX
Weatherford, TX — August 28, 2022, Lacy and Justin Smith were injured in a crash with a suspected drunk driver on Palo Pinto Street in Weatherford.
Authorities say the incident happened around 4:00 p.m. on Palo Pinto at South Lamar. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford F-250 pickup was headed east on Palo Pinto when the driver alleged ran a red light at Lamar. After entering the intersection the Ford hit a northbound Nissan Kicks; the pickup then ran off the road and crashed into an unoccupied Chevrolet C2500.
Lacy Smith, 35, and Justin Smith, 41, both passengers in the Nissan, were seriously injured in the collision. The Nissan's 70-year-old driver reportedly received minor injuries. No other injuries were reported.
Investigators suspected the Ford driver of being intoxicated and drew blood samples for testing.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Lacy and Justin Smith Crash in Weatherford
If blood tests confirm the victim was intoxicated as police suspect, some may think that mostly just means he could face related charges. That's certainly important, as a bad actor who causes injury to other people should face appropriate consequences. However, it could also mean he's not the only one to hold accountable for what happened--and that someone may owe the victims some help getting back on their feet. That's why it's important to talk about Texas dram shop law.
Under dram shop law, licensed alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries he causes while under the influence. A dram shop claim against a law-breaking bar or other alcohol vendor lets DWI crash victims seek badly-needed help, but it also ensures a law-breaking business faces consequences for endangering its customers and the public.
Not every DWI crash starts with a dram violation, but the source of the alcohol is an important detail to learn. Despite that, police don't spend much time or effort on law-breaking bars. It's often more effective to seek proof of over-service independently with the help of experienced allies. Armed with clear evidence, many people successfully hold negligent alcohol providers accountable for the damage they helped cause.