Michael Bower Killed, David Cain Injured in Auto Accident on CR 245 in Williamson County, TX
Williamson County, TX — August 28, 2022, 50-year-old Michael Bower died and 38-year-old David Cain was injured in a Williamson County auto accident.
Authorities say the incident happened around 12:25 a.m. on County Road 245 near Rocky Hollow Creek Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests 37-year-old Randall Munoz was driving a GMC Sierra pickup truck north on the roadway when he entered a curve and failed to maintain his lane. The pickup ran off the road to the right and hit a tree.
Bower, in the front passenger seat, died in the collision. Cain, a passenger in the back, sustained serious injuries. Munoz reportedly received minor injuries.
Investigators believed Munoz was under the influence of alcohol and collected blood samples for testing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Michael Bower, David Cain Accident on CR 245
If blood tests confirm alcohol was involved here as police think, the driver of that pickup may face some stiff consequences for being intoxicated at the wheel--and the terrible damage that decision led to. It's only right that serious penalties follow DWI wrecks like this one is thought to be, but at the same time that should extend to everyone responsible for the victims' injuries. 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. Put another way, any bar, nightclub, restaurant, or store that sold or served drinks to the suspect if he was clearly past his limits may now have a duty to make what amends it can to the injured victims and their families.
A dram shop claim against a reckless alcohol vendor lets the people hurt by its recklessness seek help with the difficult road to recovery, but perhaps just as importantly it ensures that law-breaking business faces real consequences for endangering its customers and the public. Despite that, dram shop violators don't get much attention from police.
If a bar may have over-served the Williamson County driver before the accident that took one person's life and changed another's, proving it may take independent efforts from trained experts. With the evidence they find, many victims and families have held bad alcohol providers just as accountable as drunk drivers for the serious damage they caused.