• September 29, 2022

Kallie Harris, Luke Mitchell Injured in Carrollton, TX Car Accident on Plano Parkway

Carrollton, TX — September 4, 2022, 19-year-old Kallie Harris and 21-year-old Luke Mitchell were injured in a single-vehicle crash on Plano Parkway in Carrollton.

Authorities say the incident happened around 3:05 a.m. on Plano Parkway near Hemingway Lane. Preliminary investigation suggests Mitchell was driving a Dodge Caliber north on the roadway when he may have failed to control his speed and lost control in a curve. The Dodge ran off the road into the median, then crashed into a tree and rolled over.

Mitchell and his passenger Harris both suffered serious injuries in the crash.

Police suspected Mitchell of driving under the influence of alcohol.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Kallie Harris, Luke Mitchell Accident in Carrollton

If police think alcohol use was a factor in this crash their next step is usually to seek proof. That generally means either drawing blood for testing or subpoenaing his hospital treatment records; it's unclear if either of those happened here, but neither would surprise me.

One way or the other, if investigators find clear evidence confirming impairment then some might think the only thing left is to charge the alleged drunk driver. That's an important step to take, considering the hazards he clearly posed to himself and others, but it may not be the final word on the matter. There could be more to look into--including ways to help him and his passenger get back on their feet. For example, if a local alcohol provider over-served the driver until he couldn't control his car anymore, that business may be responsible for both crash victims' injuries under Texas dram shop law.

Kallie Harris, Luke Mitchell Injured in Carrollton, TX Car Accident on Plano Parkway

Having said all that, alcohol is just a theory unless clear evidence shows otherwise. If police don't plan to look much further (including checking for a potential dram shop violation), maybe independent investigators should step in to be sure the whole story is learned and the victims get the help they deserve.

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