• September 20, 2022

Shayla Martinez, Carlton Hutson Injured in Car Accident in Houston, TX

Houston, TX -- August 21, 2022, Shayla Martinez and Carlton Hutson were injured after an accident where two vehicles collided.

Investigators said the incident took place at around 8:40 p.m. along Prairie Street at Travis Street.

According to officials, 24-year-old Shayla Martinez was in a Kia Rio traveling westbound along Prairie. At Travis, 30-year-old Carlton Hutson was in a Hyundai Elantra traveling northbound. The vehicles crossed paths at the intersection, resulting in a t-bone collision.

Due to the crash, Martinez and Hutson sustained incapacitating injuries. Right now, police suggest alcohol was a factor. This has not yet been confirmed.

Commentary on Shayla Martinez, Carlton Hutson Car Accident in Houston

Anytime alcohol comes up as a possible factor, it's important to take that seriously. Part of that means finding out if a local business contributed to the crash by over-serving someone. Texas dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Bars, liquor stores, restaurants, and other venues have rules to follow. When they break those rules and people get hurt, they should face the appropriate consequences.

Shayla Martinez, Carlton Hutson Injured in Car Accident in Houston, TX

But that's only if alcohol was a factor here. I have seen plenty of situations where police brought it up only for evidence to show there were other factors involved. Jumping to conclusions isn't going to get the victims the help they need. That will require careful and thorough independent investigations. Are those steps being taken here?

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