• September 27, 2022

Mark Beegle Injured in Crash with Alleged DWI Driver on First Street in Garland, TX

Garland, TX -- July 31, 2022, 66-year-old Mark Beegle was seriously injured in a crash with an alleged drunk driver on First Street in Garland.

Authorities say the incident happened around 11:20 p.m. on First Street at Casalita Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests Beegle was driving a Kia Niro SUV north on the roadway as a Hyundai Elantra was traveling south nearby. Reports indicate the Hyundai driver tried to make a U-turn at the Casalita intersection and crashed into the Kia while turning.

Beegle suffered serious injuries in the collision and was taken to a hospital. The Hyundai driver was unhurt and was suspected of driving while intoxicated. Blood tests later showed the suspect had a BAC of approximately .214 at the time of the wreck.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Mark Beegle Accident in Garland

Test results seem to confirm that the suspect in this accident was over the legal limit for intoxication when it happened. That may lead to some criminal charges, and deservedly so if that driver seriously hurt another person with his poor choices. However, if the driver's intoxication caused that crash and the victim's injuries then it's only right that everyone responsible be held properly accountable. That's why it's important to talk about Texas dram shop law.

If further investigations found that a licensed alcohol vendor over-served the suspect prior to the accident, that business may be responsible for the victim's injuries under dram shop law. It may then have a duty to help him recover from the injuries he suffered at the hands of their over-served customer.

Mark Beegle Injured in Garland, TX Crash with Alleged DWI Driver on First St

Dram shop law is a valuable but often-unknown tool to help people affected by DWI accidents. Moreover, it teaches negligent businesses that making a few more bucks is never worth the risk it poses to public safety. Will the authorities look into the possibility of a dram shop violation here, or would an independent investigation better ensure the victim gets the help he deserves?

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