Zachary Reynolds Injured in Motorcycle Accident on Mallard Street in Palestine, TX
Palestine, TX — September 9, 2022, 31-year-old Zachary Reynolds was injured in a motorcycle accident on Mallard Street in Anderson County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 1:50 a.m. on North Mallard near U.S. Highway 287. Preliminary investigation suggests Reynolds was riding a Honda motorcycle on Mallard when he reportedly lost control while trying to stop. The bike overturned and he was thrown off, then hit his head on the pavement.
Reynolds suffered serious injuries in the crash. Witnesses told investigators that just prior to the crash he had left a local bar where he was drinking alcohol.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Zachary Reynolds Accident in Palestine
Reports suggest alcohol is a suspected factor in this crash, and witness accounts about a bar may only strengthen that suspicion. If clear evidence confirms it, the injured rider may face some legal consequences for his choices that night. I don't want to speculate about that, though, as I'd rather look at ways to help him recover from the injuries he suffered in that crash--including whether Texas dram shop law might apply.
In a nutshell, dram shop law prohibits licensed alcohol vendors (bars, clubs, restaurants, liquor and convenience stores, etc) from selling or serving alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers. If those businesses illegally over-serve customers, the law punishes them for ignoring their obligation to public safety. Moreover, it grants DWI crash victims--including the drivers--the right to hold those businesses responsible for their part in the damage done.
To be clear, I'm not accusing any specific businesses of illegal over-service. Again, however, witnesses mentioned the victim leaving a bar just before his accident. It seems like a thorough DWI investigation would include looking at how he spent his time there that night. If the bar's staff knowingly over-served him, then it may now have a legal duty to help him get back on his feet. Will police consider that during their investigation, or should independent experts step in to fill in more blanks?