• September 28, 2022

Christopher Hooper Killed by Alleged DWI Driver on Coit Road in Richardson, TX

Richardson, TX — September 5, 2022, 52-year-old Christopher Hooper died in a crash with a suspected DWI driver on Coit Road in Richardson.

Authorities say the incident happened around 9:40 p.m. on North Coit at Briaridge Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Hooper was pulling a Jeep Cherokee out of private driveway through northbound Coit when he was hit on the driver's side by a BMW SUV. Investigators believe the BMW was speeding and the driver may have been under the influence of intoxicants.

The impact caused the Jeep to overturn in the road; Hooper suffered fatal injuries. The BMW driver reportedly received serious injuries in the collision.

Police collected blood samples from the BMW driver for toxicological testing.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Christopher Hooper Accident in Richardson

It sounds like police strongly suspect the northbound driver of being intoxicated when she smashed into the victim's vehicle. If blood tests confirm their suspicions she may face some serious consequences for her poor choices that night, and considering the tragic result of the crash that seems justified. However, I'd argue that the same should be done for everyone involved in the taking of a man's life, and with that in mind it's important to talk about Texas dram shop law.

Christopher Hooper Killed by Alleged DWI Driver on Coit Road in Richardson, 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 involves 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 that, though, I've learned over the years that police don't take much interest in chasing down possible dram violations. Will they actually look into it here and help stop a bar from endangering a community, or should someone else make sure the victim's loved ones get the help they deserve?

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