Jasmine Colbert Injured in Auto Accident on Berry Street in Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX — September 11, 2022, 32-year-old Jasmine Colbert was injured in a crash with a suspected DWI driver on Berry Street in Fort Worth.
Authorities say the incident happened around 5:40 a.m. on East Berry near Evans Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests Colbert was driving west in a Jeep on Berry, followed at some distance by a Ford Edge. Reports say the Edge driver failed to control his vehicle's speed and rear-ended the Jeep near Evans.
Colbert suffered serious injuries in the collision. The Ford driver was reportedly unhurt.
Authorities suspected the Ford driver of being under the influence of alcohol and collected blood samples for testing.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Jasmine Colbert Accident in Fort Worth
It sounds like police suspect the rear driver of being intoxicated when he crashed into the victim's Jeep. If blood tests confirm their suspicions he may face some serious consequences for his poor decision that night, and considering the serious damage done that only seems right. However, I'd argue that the same accountability should exist for everyone responsible for the wreck, and that's why it's important to talk about Texas dram shop law.
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 while under the influence--like rear-ending another vehicle and hurting its driver.
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. Unfortunately, I've learned over the years that police don't take much interest in chasing down possible dram violators. Will they actually look into it here and help stop a bar from endangering a community, or should someone else make sure the victim gets the help she deserves?