John Doty, Michaelene Davis Injured in Round Rock, TX Car Accident on I-35
Round Rock, TX — September 2, 2022, John Doty and Michaelene Davis were injured in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 35 in Round Rock.
Authorities say the incident happened around 11:45 p.m. on I-35 near University Boulevard. Preliminary investigation suggests Davis was driving a Honda Accord south on the highway when she started to exit toward the frontage road. Reports say a few feet down the ramp she tried to swerve back into the travel lanes but hit a curb and the car overturned. It slid into the median divider wall and rolled again, coming to rest upright.
Davis, 21, and her passenger Doty, 27, suffered serious injuries in the wreck.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on John Doty, Michaelene Davis Accident in Round Rock
Right now it doesn't seem like investigators know for sure how this unfortunate event occurred. Based on the facts it seems either like the young driver changed her mind abruptly while exiting but couldn't quite follow through on getting back to the highway, or--as investigators noted they suspect--she made a poor choice due to being intoxicated.
That suspicion may merit further investigation. Typically if police think someone was impaired they look for proof either through blood tests or hospital treatment records. It's not clear if they did either here but neither would surprise me. The information they provide might change what happens afterward, as positive results could mean a local business is responsible for the damage done under dram shop law.
To be clear, I'm not saying police are right about alcohol just because they mentioned that possibility. Impairment is one explanation for how a crash like this occurs, but it's only a theory unless clear proof says otherwise and in the meantime other explanations--like a simple badly-timed traffic maneuver--must be considered as well. It's just important that investigators make the effort to find out the whole story. Will they do that here, or would independent investigators stand a better chance of filling in all the blanks?