Brent McMillan Injured in Auto Accident on TX-289 in Grayson County
Grayson County, TX — August 10, 2022, 57-year-old Brent McMillan was injured in a single-vehicle crash on State Highway 289 in Grayson County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 11:30 p.m. on TX-289 near Fort Worth Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests McMillan was driving a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup north on the highway when he entered a curve at allegedly-unsafe speeds. The pickup ran off the road to the right and hit a sign, then a utility pole.
McMillan suffered serious injuries in the crash. Investigators reported finding a bottle of whiskey in the truck and detecting an odor of alcohol coming from McMillan. They requested a subpoena of his hospital treatment records as part of a DWI investigation.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Brent McMillan Accident in Grayson County
It's troubling any time authorities bring up alcohol as a possible factor in a wreck. If its use is confirmed then some consequences may follow, but I'm not here to preach about the evils of alcohol or wag judgmental fingers. The goal is and always has been to look at ways to get the people injured in accidents--even the people who may have caused them--the help they need.
One area of the law that's often helpful to DWI crash victims is dram shop law, which says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication--even to the DWI driver himself. Dram shop claims help injured victims secure badly-needed help with their recovery while also teaching bars and other alcohol vendors a harsh lesson about getting their priorities in order.
To be clear, intoxication is only a theory unless clear evidence says otherwise. Moreover, even if treatment records confirm the victim was drunk that still doesn't mean a dram shop violation occurred. However, if an alcohol vendor might be endangering its customers and community that seems like something to address as soon as possible. If the investigation might also help the victim get back on his feet, that's all the more reason to do so.