Rashad Jones, 2 Injured in Car Accident in McLennan County, TX
McLennan County, TX -- August 23, 2022, Rashad Jones and two others were injured due to an accident where two vehicles collided.
Investigators responded to the area of US 84 and Vicha Road at around 5:30 p.m. It appears that 24-year-old Rashad Marquis Jones was driving a Volkswagen Passat along the westbound lanes of the highway. At Vicha Road, police say that an oncoming vehicle failed to yield making a left turn, resulting in a collision.
Due to the crash, Jones and the other driver had apparently non-incapacitating injuries. A passenger in Jones's vehicle was said to have incapacitating injuries. Police said they found alcohol in the vehicle that made the turn, but it's unclear if alcohol was a factor.
Commentary on Rashad Jones Car Accident in McLennan County
With details as concerning as alcohol being in one of the cars, it's important folks understand why that can actually make things more challenging in a lot of situations. While it may seem like things would be more straight-forward, since a drunk driver would clearly be in the wrong, it can raise additional obstacles because there could also be a local alcohol provider involved.
Texas dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Bars, liquor stores, gas stations, restaurants--businesses have rules to follow. Failure to follow those rules means people get hurt, and that's reason enough for the law to provide the tools victims and families need to get some help. Maybe it won't be a factor in this particular crash, but more thorough independent investigations may be necessary for ensuring all responsible parties are being held appropriately accountable.