Reginald Harris Killed in Alleged DWI Accident on Reed Road in Houston, TX
UPDATE (October 10, 2022): Officials identified the victim killed in the accident as Reginald Harris. Additional details about the incident are unavailable.
Houston, TX -- September 19, 2022, a pedestrian was killed due to an accident on Reed Road which allegedly involved an intoxicated driver.
Initial details indicated that the incident happened at around 2:10 a.m. near the intersection of Reed Road and the South Freeway.
According to officials, an unidentified man was walking and attempted to cross the roadway. While doing so, a Buick Lacrosse hit the man, resulting in fatal injuries.
Authorities allege that the driver showed signs of intoxication and faces charges. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Reginald Harris Alleged DWI Accident in Houston
If what police say here is true, it tragically wouldn't be that unusual. Quite frankly, 2:00 a.m. is the most common time of day for drunk drivers, and Houston just so happens to have a particularly bad problem with drunk driving--in fact, the whole state has a problem. That's why it's so important folks understand the potential consequences that can be pursued following such an accident. It's not always as simple as a driver simply getting a day in court. There could also be local businesses who need to answer for their actions.
One of the reasons 2:00 a.m. is such a dangerous time is because folks go out drinking at bars and restaurants, then try to drive home. According to dram shop law, an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Not only does this provide an avenue to get folks some much needed help, but it also provides an opportunity to get those businesses to clean up their act. It remains to be seen if proper steps are being taken here to have professionals consider that possibility.