• September 15, 2022

Jerald Harris Injured in Auto Accident on FM 512 in Hunt County, TX

Hunt County, TX — August 7, 2022, 45-year-old Jerald Harris was injured in a single-vehicle accident on Farm to Market Road 512 in Hunt County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 2:20 a.m. on FM 512 near County Road 4505. Preliminary investigation suggests Harris was driving a Dodge Ram 2500 pickup west on the roadway when he lost control and veered to the right. The pickup hit a bridge guardrail, then rolled over the top of it and down the north ditch embankment on the other side. It came to rest on its right side.

Harris was ejected during the rollover and suffered severe injuries. He was airlifted to an area hospital.

Investigators believe Harris was under the influence of alcohol when he crashed.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Jerald Harris Accident in Hunt County

Investigators think alcohol use was a factor in this crash. The next step is seeking proof, which usually means either drawing blood for testing or getting the victim's hospital records to see their bloodwork results. Preliminary reports don't mention whether police did either, but neither would surprise me.

If clear evidence ultimately confirms that the suspect was impaired then some might think the only thing left is to charge him accordingly, but there could be more to look into--including ways to help him get back on his feet. For example, if a local alcohol provider over-served the driver and got him too drunk to operate his vehicle correctly, that business may be responsible for his injuries under Texas dram shop law.

Jerald Harris Injured in Auto Accident on FM 512 in Hunt County, TX

However, it's important not to fixate on intoxication just because it's suspected. Unless there's clear evidence of it other possible variables should also be checked out. If police already have tunnel vision about DWI and don't plan to look at other possible issues (including a dram shop violation), maybe independent investigators should have another look to be sure the whole story is learned and the victim gets all the help he deserves.

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