• September 19, 2022

Hannah Johnson Killed, Norman Nyamandi Arrested in Waco, TX Car Accident

UPDATE (October 3, 2022): Sources have identified the victim of this accident as 19-year-old Hannah Johnson.

Waco, TX — September 17, 2022, one person died in a collision involving an allegedly drunk driver on South 3rd Street in Waco.

Authorities say the incident happened around 2:30 a.m. on the 3100 block of South 3rd Street near Garden Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests 19-year-old Norman Nyamandi was driving a Chevrolet Camaro north along the road when he lost control and ran off the road.

The car hit two mailboxes, then overturned and rolled until it hit a nearby parked Ford F-250 pickup. It continued rolling and hit a large tree before coming to rest.

The Camaro's female passenger was ejected and was pronounced dead at the scene. Nyamandi reportedly sustained minor injuries and was arrested on suspicion of intoxication manslaughter.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Hannah Johnson Accident in Waco

Any time alcohol comes up as a possible reason for a crash it's concerning, but the possibility of a teenager being under the influence is also quite troubling. As they work to learn more about what happened on 3rd Street, I hope investigators will also make it a point to learn where that young man's alcohol came from (if they confirm intoxication was indeed a factor). Not only might a local business need to face consequences for serving an underage customer, but they also might be liable for the damage he caused to that young woman in the 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 a 19-year-old is unlikely to draw the line at over-serving him. If a bar or other alcohol vendor kept pouring for that young man and he ended up dealing damage while impaired, that business may have a duty to make what amends it can for the part it played in that.

Hannah Johnson Killed, Norman Nyamandi Arrested in Waco, TX Car Accident

Even if blood tests confirm alcohol was a factor, there are obviously ways the suspect might have gotten it aside from buying it directly. However, the mere possibility that a bar or store broke some important laws deserves careful investigation. So will authorities look into where that young man was and what he did there before the crash? Not only could that be instrumental in getting the victim's family much-needed answers, but it could also keep a bar or store from further endangering its customers and community. That seems like more than enough cause to investigate the matter thoroughly.

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