Cheryl Reed Injured in Auto Accident on FM 548 in Forney, TX
Forney, TX — September 3, 2022, 59-year-old Cheryl Reed was seriously injured in a crash with a suspected DWI driver on FM 548 in Forney.
Authorities say the incident happened around 10:20 p.m. on FM 548 at Ridgecrest Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Nissan truck was headed out on FM 548 when the driver allegedly drifted left toward the oncoming lane. Ahead, Reed was driving a Hyundai van and entered the center turn lane as she approached Ridgecrest. The pickup entered the turn lane ahead and crashed into the van head-on.
Reed suffered serious injuries in the collision. A passenger in the van and the pickup driver were reportedly unhurt.
Investigators arrested the pickup driver on suspicion of DWI and collected blood samples for testing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Cheryl Reed Accident in Forney
If blood tests confirm alcohol was involved here as police think, some may think that just means the alleged drunk driver will be charged accordingly. It's only fair that stiff penalties follow DWI wrecks considering the damage they often cause, but there might be other issues beyond charges to address--like ways to help the victim get back on her feet. That's why it's important to talk about Texas dram shop law.
Under dram shop law, licensed alcohol providers who over-serve an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries he causes while under the influence. A dram shop claim against a reckless alcohol vendor lets DWI accident victims seek help with the difficult road to recovery, but it also makes sure that law-breaking business faces real consequences for endangering its customers and the public.
Despite the damage they can do to victims and communities, dram shop violators don't get much attention from police. If a bar may have over-served the crossover driver before the accident that sent the victim to the hospital, proving it may take independent efforts from trained experts. With the evidence they find, many victims and families have held bad alcohol providers accountable for the serious damage they helped cause.