• September 14, 2022

Kenny Towne Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on I-20 in Palo Pinto County, TX

Palo Pinto County, TX — August 28, 2022, 65-year-old Kenny Towne was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 20 in Palo Pinto County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 7:10 p.m. on I-20 near Bosley Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Towne was driving a Chevy Silverado pickup east on I-20 when he lost control and the truck swerved right. It hit a guardrail, then continued down a steep embankment on the other side. IT came to rest in a creek below the highway bridge.

Towne suffered serious injuries in the wreck. Investigators reported he confessed to consuming alcohol and found empty beer cans in his truck. They requested a subpoena of his treatment records as part of a DWI investigation.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Kenny Towne Accident in Palo Pinto County

Given the victim's reported confession of drinking police naturally think alcohol contributed to his wreck. They'll likely need something more definitive (like the requested treatment records) to know how much of a role it played, but depending on what those show he may face some legal consequences for his choices. That's between him and the state, though, and I'd prefer to look at ways to help him get back on his feet.

Any DWI crash victim, even the suspected drunk driver, should have whatever assistance they can get with the long road to recovery. Texas dram shop law might be one way to get that assistance.

Kenny Towne Injured in Palo Pinto County, TX Auto Accident on I-20

Under dram shop law, licensed alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries he causes--even to himself--while under the influence. That doesn't apply just to bars, either: Any business that sells or serves it, including a gas station supplying him more beers if he was past his limits, could be held accountable for his injuries.

A dram shop claim against a reckless bar lets DWI accident victims seek much-needed help and makes sure the offending business faces consequences for endangering its customers and the public. Unfortunately, that doesn't get much attention during police investigations. If a bar may have over-served the victim then it's better to seek proof of that independently with the right allies' help.

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