Russel Conger Killed in Rollover Accident on I-10 in Sutton County, TX
Sutton County, TX — August 14, 2022, 50-year-old Russel Conger died in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 10 in Sutton County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 4:40 a.m. on I-10 near mile marker 388. Preliminary investigation suggests Conger was driving a Ford F-350 pickup west on the interstate when he lost control for unknown reasons. The pickup drifted into the median and back again, then once again left the road into the median. Conger started to steer back into the roadway but the pickup's tire clipped the lip of the travel lanes and it overturned. It rolled one or more times and came to rest on its side.
Conger, allegedly not wearing a seat belt, was ejected in the rollover and suffered fatal injuries. Investigators spoke to his family and were told he may have been highly intoxicated at the time of the accident.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Russel Conger Accident in Sutton County
It seems from reports that the victim's family either knew or believed that he was heavily under the influence of alcohol when he lost control. I have no reason to doubt them or question how they knew that, but it's a very troubling detail indeed.
Drunk driving claims many lives all over the world every day, and each one potentially could have been avoided. That's why drunk drivers often face serious consequences in the courts, because their choices put them and potentially many others at risk. However, that same consideration is rarely applied to another party that deserves consequences of its own: Alcohol-serving businesses.
People aren't always aware that Texas and many other states have laws which hold alcohol vendors (bars, restaurants, stores, etc) accountable for selling or serving drinks to people already past their limits. Texas dram shop law says that if a business illegally provides alcohol to an obviously intoxicated customer, it may be liable for any injuries that customer causes or suffers while under the influence.
Not every DWI crash starts with illegal over-service; for instance, if the victim of the Sutton County crash drank at home then no business is likely to be liable for his tragic injuries. Finding out where he drank is just a crucial part of the investigation--though it's too often overlooked by law enforcement. If a bar or other business may have had a hand in this terrible incident, proving that may require the help of independent experts.