• September 19, 2022

One Killed, Norman Nyamandi Arrested in Waco, TX Car Accident

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. Preliminary investigation suggests 19-year-old Norman Nyamandi was driving along the road when he lost control and hit a nearby parked vehicle. The impact caused the vehicle to overturn, ejecting a woman inside.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Nyamandi was arrested on suspicion of intoxication manslaughter.

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

Commentary on Norman Nyamandi 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. 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 and suffered in the crash.

One Killed, Norman Nyamandi Arrested in Waco, TX Car Accident

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.

To be clear, there are obviously ways the suspect might have gotten alcohol aside from buying it directly. However, the mere possibility that a bar's breaking one or more important laws deserves careful investigation. So will authorities look into where the young man was and what he did before the crash? Not only could that be instrumental in getting the victim's family some help, but it could also keep a bar or store from further endangering its customers and community.

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