Roshannan Flowers Injured in Crash with Alleged DWI Driver on Southwest Fwy in Houston, TX
Houston, TX — August 31, 2022, 40-year-old Roshannan Flowers was injured in a crash with an alleged DWI driver on the Southwest Freeway in Houston.
Authorities say the incident happened around 2:15 a.m. on Southwest Freeway near Richmond Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests a Dodge Charger was traveling south in the northbound roadway, against traffic, when it crashed head-on with Flowers' northbound Kia Forte.
Flowers suffered serious injuries in the collision and was taken to an area hospital.
When interviewed the Dodge driver told police he was looking at a phone and accidentally crossed left of center. Investigators suspected him of being intoxicated; breathalyzer tests reportedly showed he had a BAC of approximately .19.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Roshannan Flowers Accident in Houston
Breathalyzers have a higher margin of error than blood tests, but even making that allowance it seems police found enough reason to suspect intoxication was a big factor here.
With that established and the crossover driver facing potential charges some may feel that's more or less the end of things. While it's important that drunk drivers face penalties for their regrettable choices, criminal punishment does little to help the injured victim with the cost and hardship of recovery. However, that might be addressed another way people don't always know about.
Texas dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated customer may be liable for injuries caused by that person while they're under the influence. If the Houston driver was over-served somewhere and his level of intoxication was the reason for the collision, the business that sold him drinks may have a duty to help the injured victim get back on her feet.
Alcohol providers have a legal responsibility not to over-serve people. When they do so illegally and people get hurt, they're obligated to help those victims. Most bars follow the rules and not every DWI case involves a dram shop violation, but the possibility should be looked into when alcohol use seems to be tied to serious injuries--both to hold the business accountable for its negligence and to help people recover from the damage it helped cause.