• September 20, 2022

Motorcyclist Injured in Crash with Alleged DWI Driver on Parker Rd in Plano, TX

Plano, TX — July 22, 2022, a 42-year-old Plano man was seriously injured in a crash with a suspected drunk driver on Parkwood Boulevard in Collin County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 11:15 p.m. on Parkwood at Parker Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford Mustang was headed west on Parker approaching Parkwood as the victim's Honda motorcycle approached the same intersection headed east.

The Mustang driver turned southward on a flashing yellow arrow at Parkwood and the motorcycle, headed straight through the intersection on a steady green light, crashed into the car's passenger side. The Mustang driver then reportedly fled the scene without stopping, but was later apprehended.

The motorcyclist suffered serious injuries in the collision. No other injuries were reported.

Investigators suspected the Mustang driver was under the influence of alcohol and collected blood samples for testing.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Plano Crash at Parker and Parkwood

Many victims and families hurt by a drunk driver find themselves unsatisfied with the results of a police DWI investigation. There may be some moral satisfaction to seeing a drunk driver get their day in court, but criminal consequences do little to help victims get back on their feet. They reach out to the firm to find out what else can be done, and they're often surprised when I want to know whether anyone found out where the suspect drank. Why would that matter?

Motorcyclist Injured in Crash with Alleged DWI Driver on Parker Rd in Plano, TX

People often don't know that Texas bars can sometimes be held accountable for contributing to drunk driving accidents. Dram shop law says that an alcohol provider (bar, club, restaurant, store, etc) that over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for damages that person causes or suffers while under the influence.

When bars send people stumbling out to their cars after last call, they knowingly contribute to the possibility someone's going to get seriously hurt. Did anything like that happen in Plano? It's unclear right now and police may have little interest in finding out, but I think most would agree that if a business is recklessly and illegally over-serving its patrons, that behavior should be stopped and business should make amends to anyone its carelessness hurt.

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