Preston Kingsbury Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on Old Bee Caves Rd in Austin, TX
Austin, TX — August 29, 2022, 26-year-old Preston Kingsbury was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on Old Bee Caves Road in Austin.
Authorities say the incident happened around 7:20 p.m. on Old Bee Caves at a private driveway. Preliminary investigation suggests Kingsbury was driving a Toyota Tacoma east on the road when he attempted to pass two other vehicles while approaching a curve.
Reports say the Toyota ran off the road in the curve, passed through a culvert, then crashed into a utility pole.
Kingsbury suffered serious injuries in the accident and was taken to a hospital. When interviewed, he allegedly admitted to police that he had been drinking prior to the crash.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Preston Kingsbury Accident in Austin
It seems from reports like the badly-hurt victim of this wreck told investigators he'd been drinking before he ran off the road. Since there's no particular reason he would lie about that, it seems best to take him at his word. However, rather than assume all that follows is a possible DWI charge it may be in his best interests to also find out where his drinks came from that day. Why? Because if he was over-served by an Austin business, it may have a duty to help him recover from his injuries under Texas dram shop law.
Dram shop law basically says that an alcohol-serving business (bar, club, store, etc) has a duty to stop serving its customers if they become obviously intoxicated. Unfortunately many businesses see no problem with continuing service as long as a customer can pay no matter how polluted he gets, which means people are eventually turned loose on the road at dangerously-high levels of impairment. If those customers cause or suffer harm while under the influence, dram shop law ensures the law-breaking bars that got them there are held accountable.
It's important to follow that by saying not every drunk-driving crash starts with a dram violation. It's just important in the course of investigation to find out where the drinks came from in case a business must be stopped from endangering its customers and community. Will police find out where the victim drank, or would independent investigations stand a better chance of filling in the blanks?