Eric Eitel Killed, Darrell Lewis Injured in Car Accident in Smith County, TX
Smith County, TX -- September 24, 2022, Eric Eitel was killed and Darrell Lewis was injured following an accident where their cars crashed.
Officials were called to the area of Highway 155 just north of Winona at around 2:30 a.m.
It appears that 21-year-old Darrell Lewis was in a Chevy Tahoe traveling southbound on the highway. 52-year-old Eric Eitel was in a Nissan 370Z traveling northbound. For reasons yet to be confirmed, the vehicles crashed head-on.
Due to the crash, Eitel succumbed to fatal injuries. Lewis had injuries said to be incapacitating. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Commentary on Eric Eitel, Darrell Lewis Car Accident in Smith County
At 2:30 a.m., folks are no doubt going to assume alcohol must have played a role here. Frankly, that's all too likely. That's why it's so important folks understand things like dram shop law, which makes it important to find out if a local alcohol provider illegally over-served one of the drivers involved and can be held responsible for their role in the crash.
Beyond that, however, jumping to conclusions isn't going to help anyone. Even authorities can be hasty in their conclusions following a crash like this. As a result, crucial details can slip through the cracks. Folks need to ensure they're prepared to handle even unlikely scenarios if they're going to get the help and the answers they deserve. Hopefully those efforts are being made here.