• September 20, 2022

Car Hits Parked Vehicles on Grandview Ave, Two Injured in Odessa, TX

Odessa, TX — July 18, 2022, two people were seriously injured when a car crashed into several vehicles at an apartment complex on Grandview Avenue in Odessa.

Authorities say the incident happened around 11:45 p.m. at Quail Run Apartments on the 5300 block of North Grandview Avenue. Preliminary ivnestigation suggests a Dodge Challenger was southbound on the roadway at alleged high speeds when the driver lost control. The car ran off the road and entered the Quail Run parking lot where it crashed into several parked and unoccupied vehicles, creating a chain-reaction pileup.

The Dodge's driver and passenger were seriously injured in the crash. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Car Accident at Quail Run Apartments in Odessa

Police think speeding is a key factor in this crash, but also noted that the driver may have been intoxicated at the time. Some may have thought the same thing after seeing the crash description, but as always it's best not to jump to conclusions.

If authorities find clear evidence that the driver was drinking that evening, that could mean there's more to the investigation. One thing police rarely look into is the source of the driver's alcohol, which is actually far more important than people might think due to Texas dram shop law.

Two Injured when Car Crashes into Parked Vehicles at Quail Run Apts in Odessa, TX

Under dram shop law a licensed alcohol vendor (bar, club, restaurant, store, etc) that sells or serves drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer may be liable for any damage that customer causes or suffers while under the influence. Most bars follow the rules and not every DWI crash is due to a dram violation, but where the drinks came from is still an important detail to know for sure when alcohol use and injuries may be tied together.

Having said all that, though, alcohol's just a theory--one of many that all deserve consideration in order to learn the whole story of what happened here. Will police be thorough enough to actually learn that whole story, or should someone else fill in the blanks to make sure the people hurt in the wreck get the help they deserve?

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