David Brown Injured in Rollover Accident on Arrowhead Drive in Clay County, TX
Clay County, TX — August 13, 2022, 20-year-old David Brown was injured in a single-vehicle accident on Arrowhead Drive in Clay County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 4:15 p.m. on Arrowhead near Bridwell Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Brown was driving a Chevy Trailblazer south on West Arrowhead when he entered a curve at alleged unsafe speeds. The SUV ran off the road in the curve and passed into the east bar ditch. It then entered a side skid and rolled onto its roof, coming to rest upside-down in the roadway.
Brown suffered serious injuries in the crash. Investigators suspected him of driving under the influence and collected blood samples for testing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on David Brown Accident in Clay County
Any time alcohol comes up as a possible reason for a crash it's troubling, but the possibility of a minor (as liquor law defines one) being under the influence is far more concerning. Not only might a local business be in hot water for giving alcohol to someone under 21, but it might also be liable for the injuries he suffered in his crash.
This is due to Texas dram shop law, which says that an alcohol provider that over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for any damages he causes or suffers while under the influence. In my experience any business reckless (or at least inept) enough to serve someone under 21 is unlikely to draw some moral line at over-serving him.
If a bar or other business negligently loaded the victim up and he wound up hurt because they over-served him, that business may have some major legal consequences of its own coming--to say nothing of the duty it owes the victim to help him get back on his feet.
So did authorities look into where the young man was and what he did before his crash? If they didn't, someone certainly should. Not only could their findings be instrumental in getting him some much-needed help, but also there could be a local business that should clean up its act before more people get hurt.